Developer Releases Cracked Version of Their Own Game With Hilarious Results

Greenheart Games, developer of Game Dev Tycoon, has come up with a smart way of ensuring pirates don’t steal their hard work. Game Dev Tycoon is their first release after all, so instead of pleading the Internet not to pirate their game, they released a cracked version of the game themselves.

Except there’s one major drawback for players who decide to play Game Dev Tycoon for free, every game they create in-game will make no money due to the fact it’s being pirated. This makes it impossible for the player to continue, as their funds quickly decrease, making the studio go bankrupt. Just like in real life, kids.

Greenheart decided to release the cracked version alongside the legal version as an experiment, as well as to teach those who do steal games a lesson. It looks like the experiment worked too, as many pirates have been going onto forums to complain about the fact their virtual games are getting pirated so they cannot progress. Oh, the irony.


On the first day of release, Game Dev Tycoon was illegally downloaded by 93.6% of players. It’s a shocking statistic and Greenheart’s response is: “If years down the track you wonder why there are no games like these anymore and all you get to play is pay-to-play and social games designed to suck money out of your pockets then the reason will stare back at you in the mirror.”

It’s not unusual for developers to release a purposely broken cracked copy of their games, but Greenheart’s version will surely get the message out to gamers that piracy hurts. After all, creator Patrick Klug hates DRM just like you and the game only costs $8 to own.

Thanks Greenheart Games, via IGN