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This mobile game uses push notifications to make pirates feel guilty

by Joey Davidson | August 26, 2015August 26, 2015 5:30 pm PST

Battlestation Harbinger is an iOS and Android strategy game that released on August 13, 2015. It sits as one of top selling games in its category, and it was featured by both the Google Play and App Store marketplaces.

Sounds good, right? The title is, in fact, doing well; however, it’s also being pirated more than its being legally bought. Developer Aksel Junkkila took to Gamasutra to talk a bit about the stats that split legal copies from illegal ones, and he produced a single graph that shows the current state of the game’s piracy rate.

Battlestation Harbinger Piracy

Not so good, is it?

The developers actually decided to take action by creating a tiny disturbance. They created a push notification for the game that simply indicated that it’s being pirated at a high rate, asking for support and directing users to a discussion on its official forum. Sales jump by 15% in a single day following that notification, though Junkkila hesitates to link those two bits by causation.

This is a simple little way to say, “Hey, maybe support us with money rather than take our hard work without paying.” The game is not shutting down due to piracy, and the developers aim to continue to support their paying customers.

I guess this serves my more than monthly reminder to tell you folks to, if you can, pay for games. People spend a lot of time making them, and need to make sure the best and brightest in the gaming world get paid for their work.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...