This is Game Dev Tycoon from Greenheart Games, and it is a satirical game development studio video game that was released on December 10, 2012 from the developer’s website and on Steam on August 29, 2013. In the game, the player runs a game studio in which they, well, create and publish video games. Game Dev Tycoon was inspired by another game, Game Dev Story by Kairosoft, and was created by brothers Patrick and Daniel Klug, who founded Greenheart Games in July of 2012. Back in May of this year, Game Dev Tycoon received community approval via Steam Greenlight back in May.
The game’s developers achieved a level of hilarious (and understandable) notoriety when it came to Game Dev Tycoon‘s unique anti-piracy measure for the game. Patrick Klug, co-founder of Greenheart Games, knew good-and-well that the game would likely be torrented/pirated extensively, and intentionally released a cracked (i.e. illegally-unlocked) version of the game and uploaded it HIMSELF to torrent sites. While the gameplay in the cracked version is identical to the legally-purchased release version with the addition of one thing, as players progress through the game they receive the following message:
“Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally. If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.” —Greenheart Games, Game Dev Tycoon
As players played the torrented version of the game, they would eventually and gradually lose money until they do go bankrupt, as a result of pirates, effectively ending the game. #SeeWhatTheyDidThere? In, other words, try the demo from the Greenheart Games website, and buy the game outright (with MONEY…LEGALLY) and support indie game development!