Video game piracy is a massive problem for game developers - especially in China were it's often harder to find a legal
copy of a game than it is to find an illegal one. Leaked copies of games are often available before the commercial release and at a fraction of the price.
Think I'm making a mountain out of a molehill? Ask Microsoft
what it thinks about Chinese pirates, and then see what you think.
In a move to try and combat computer game piracy in China, a new alliance of computer game companies has formed - called OGAAP. The Online Games Alliance Against Piracy group announced its formation today and includes developers such as CCP (EVE Online
) and Wemade Entertainment (Legend of Mir II, MIR III
There's a load of Korean and Chinese games companies which you've probably never heard of who have signed up to be a part of the alliance too.
"The goals of OGAAP are to establish a platform for industry participants and stakeholders to exchange ideas and share experiences; conduct market and technology research; propose industry-wide policies and practices; and lobby relevant government bodies and lawmakers to enact anti-piracy legislation.
" OGAAP announced in a press statement earlier today.
"The alliance will also actively promote public awareness of copyrighted online game usage, educate online game players about copyrighted content and vigorously pursue the continued shutdown of pirated online games as well as the arrest and conviction of their operators.
Once again the question is raised then; what do you think of computer game piracy and how it affects the market as a whole? Let us know your thoughts in the forums