Bram Stolk of Slant Six Games has written a blog post about the sales of his The Little Tank That Could iPhone game. In its first five days on the App Store, it sold 45 copies. However, 1,114 unique players accessed its leaderboards.
Eh? "The game got cracked, and distributed via torrents," writes Stolk. "Those crackers are a weird bunch, even taking pride in their work. Proudly tagging my game with 'cracked by Hexhammer'. Well screw you Hexhammer. If you had any talents yourself, you would make your own game. Cracking one is petty."
Too right. But it does shine a light on an issue - iPhone game piracy - that few larger developers and publishers are willing to talk about publicly.
This article is taken from the 28 July issue of the iPhone Games Bulletin. To sign up to receive the full thing every day for free, click here.