Independent iPhone App developer “Smells Like Donkey” has revealed statistics showing that over 80% of the users playing their recently released game Tap-Fu have played the game using an illegally acquired version of the game. Though the game only costs $1.99 and received some positive reviews, the developers state in their blog that it is in fact easier to obtain a pirated version of the game, rather than buy a legitimate version of the game in the App store. For more information, please take the jump.
Smells Like Donkey states they have begun to explore possible ways to counter this high-piracy rate, but states despite the fact it is relatively easy for them to identify an illegitimate copy of the game, it might be hard to combat piracy effectively. Additionally, they state they do not believe they lost a very large number of sales due to piracy, as many users would not have bought the game in the first place. Below is a graph depicting the amount of pirated copies that logged into the Tap-Fu leaderboards during the first week of the game’s release.
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