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.