Is it okay to pirate Minecraft?

The creator of Minecraft gives fans permission to pirate his game if they can’t afford it.

Swedish independent game developer, Markus Alexej Persson, known as Notch, received a comment on Twitter from a fan that said, ‘I really like the game but lack the money to buy it.  I thought I might at least ask for a free account before piracy’.  A lot of people would have reacted negatively to this, or at least rejected the request for an account, but Notch simply told the fan to download it illegally ‘Just pirate it.  If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then.  Also don’t forget to feel bad. ;)’.

This response reinforces statements he’s said in past interviews regarding piracy.  He believes that if game companies are smart then they would be able to turn pirates into customers rather than just scold them.  Notch has done things differently from the start, even letting players into Minecraft before it was finished, thus making enough money to quit his job and focus completely on Minecraft, which has since made him a millionaire.

What do you think?  Do you play Minecraft?  Would you if you had enough money?  How do you feel about piracy?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, like this post (if you liked it) and, if you have a Twitter, feel free to follow me, I don’t bite or I do whichever is cooler.


One response

  1. Amy

    I think the minecraft creator sounds pretty cool with the whole pirate thing. He raises a good point about priacy being a useful way to get customers. I haven’t played it but I’d like to give it a shot.

    January 15, 2012 at 2:04 am

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