The Witness is getting pirated big time — creator Jonathan Blow warns it’ll impact future projects
A lot of people are playing the The Witness, but they’re not all paying for the privilege.
Celebrated indie developer Jonathan Blow took to Twitter to point out that his new PlayStation 4 and PC first-person puzzler is currently the most popular game on a “certain popular Torrent site.” Unfortunately, piracy is pretty rife with games, especially on PC, and it seems Blow didn’t have time to create a fake version of The Witness to distract from the real thing — as other developers have done in the past and Blow himself did on his previous game Braid.
Blow said that he’s happy lots of people are playing and enjoying the game, but he also warned that he won’t be able to build another similar project without sufficient sales.
It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site.
Unfortunately this will not help us afford to make another game! :(
Blow said he might reluctantly think about adding digital rights management(DRM) to any future game to help combat the issue of piracy. “I don’t like DRM because I think people should have the freedom to own things they bought,” he said. “But I also want to design video games.”
One way to frustrate potential pirates is to fill torrent sites with deliberately incomplete or broken versions of a game — it’s actually something that Blow did with Braid, apparently, but he was too busy this time around to replicate the idea.
@Jonathan_Blow I like the idea of seeding torrent sites with a version of the game that cuts out half the content.