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Piracy Rate On Android Version Of Football Manager Is 9:1

"Dicks."

Anecdotally, I’ve heard similar – piracy on Android is rife.

Miles Jacobson, the guy behind the Football Manager Handheld series, has spoken out on Twitter about his latest game and how it’s been hit with unbelievable levels of piracy.

First up though, the good news.  About two hours ago Jacobson announced that the game had entered into the “between 10k and 50k” sales band. “Thank you very much to those who bought it,” he said. ”However, seeing as people pleaded with us to get FMH onto Android, I’m amazed at how pirated it is,” he continued. “Around 9:1. Dicks.”

“And you wonder why developers are so reticent to make games for Android? The pirates could kill it for everyone. Sigh,” he added.

The ratio for piracy on the PC version was 5:1, apparently, with FM2009.

“The problem is much worse on Android,” he said, when asked about the iPhone.  ”You need to jailbreak iOS,” he said. “Most don’t.” It doesn’t look like it’s been a particularly good day for the developer.  ”Piracy on Android is the worst I’ve seen in my career in games,” he said.

These figures aren’t unique to this game, either. A quick Google suggests that around about 90% is the going rate in some cases.

The game costs £6.99.

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57 Comments
  1. Mike
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    If people don’t want to pay £6.99 for a game such as this then please GTFO

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:13.
    • Peter Rushton
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      You sir are an idiot!

      Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 18:22.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        And how did you figure that out?

        Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 18:27.
      • Vaile23
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        think you need to clarify what you meant by your earlier statement

        Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 23:54.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        What I said – if people can’t afford it then they shouldn’t pirate it. A 9:1 ratio is disgusting. If I released an app and it was being pirated 9 times more than what people were paying for it I’d probably just pull the app. The GTFO part was a joke I may add.

        Clearly this makes me an idiot to Mr Rushton….

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 07:51.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        Peter, you have totally misinterpreted what Mike said in his comments. He has just stated anyone that’s not willing to pay the low asking price for a quality game such as FM and would rather pirate it instead can Fuck Off….or as Mike put it “Get The Fuck Out”

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 09:04.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Thanks freeze, always got my back ;) Looks like even an old veteran like me is still prone to being called am idiot from time to time :P

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 09:49.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        No worries mate, but I can see how easily it could have been misinterpreted by someone who doesn’t know you from the olden days when it was all fields :P

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 10:08.
      • InternationalGamer
        Member
        Since: Dec 2010

        Honestly, I also misunderstood what Mike said at first, took me a couple of seconds to figure out what he had really meant.

        Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 11:38.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        At least you got there in the end ;)

        Comment posted on 23/04/2012 at 10:00.
    • Mike
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      Back in my day there was a church, a few houses and fields – now all of you whippersnappers are here ruining the place ;)

      Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 13:11.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        For the love of Sheogorath! STOP TELLING US ABOUT THOSE DAYS! Every time i walk through the mods club, you are always going on about them. :P

        Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 11:48.
  2. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Wow 9:1 thats more then the psp.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:14.
  3. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Piracy on iOS is pretty high too, though. Id love to see some stats on that.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:17.
    • bmg_123
      Member
      Since: Feb 2012

      Yeah, especially considering the ease of which iOS devices are jailbroken and the fact that the net is also pretty affluent with them…

      Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:27.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        It’s still a hurdle to surpass, no matter how simple it is to do. There’s always an element of risk to it.

        Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 18:07.
      • tantalus_blank
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        @Tef

        Plus the iPhone’s target market is the kind of people who have no idea about that kind of thing

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 08:22.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Saurik (Cydia’s owner) said that only like 2% of the iPhone’s worldwide are jailbroken and have accessed Cydia since 2008.

      As newer iPhone’s come out, people JB less as Apple adds stuff to iOS so need to JB and hackers have trouble finding exploits in the baseband and bootloader ever since GeoHot left the iPhone JB community, it’s been pretty much dead.

      Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:58.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Remember long ago someone released some stats which were 10:1 in favour of piracy, but as the userbase grew, most likely with less technically adept people the percentages have probably fallen.

      Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 18:00.
    • Dazbobaby
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      A friend of mine is an iOS dev and he’s giving his next game away for free, but creating in-app purchases. No getting around that pirates!

      Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 10:12.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        It’s happening more and more with apps and if it helps generate the devs revenue then so be it!

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 13:24.
      • beeje13
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        You can pirate in app purchases, don’t have any apple device but I know it can be done, but not easy and only on some games I think.

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 15:25.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      You also have a culture of people willing to part with money more easily for the periphery and software. It’s why iOS is such a lucrative platform per capita but Android will surely catch up one day.

      Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 01:02.
  4. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    That is an utter disgrace.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:18.
  5. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    I’d imagine the price is part of the problem.

    I’m not saying it’s not plenty cheap enough, I’m not saying the game isn’t worth it, and I’m definitely not saying that I agree with the pirating of the game, because I don’t.

    But with so many other games being £1 or less, you once again get people thinking “wow, that’s too expensive – I’ll pirate it.”

    Sadly, it doesn’t matter how low you price something, if people can get it for free, they will.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:21.
  6. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I’ve never seen the point in pirating Android software personally. Then again, I don’t play games on mine. Or buy Apps for that matter, enough free ones. That and it’s ludicrous that you can only buy using a Credit Card on Google.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:21.
    • skibadee
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      hoping goggle star a card system.

      Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 21:04.
  7. Manorhowze
    Driving God
    Since: Dec 2008

    Football Manager Handheld is the only game I have paid for on my Android phone. Up till now I only downloaded the free games/demos off the store but I always wanted a FM game on my phone and once it was finally released I was more than happy to pay for it.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:23.
  8. DixNeuf
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Wow, that’s pretty bad – makes sense tho as the barrier to entry for pirate Android apps is nearly non-existant.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:26.
  9. TheDemocrodile
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Ridiculous, the price is perfect for a game like this with such brilliant replay value and depth.

    They could learn something from Blackbeards Ghost.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:39.
  10. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Wow that’s terrible

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 17:52.

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