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Renegade Kid Clarifies Comments about Piracy

Marcus Estrada

At the start of the week, developer Renegade Kid had some harsh words to share with gamers. Before that a new hack of the 3DS had been unveiled, and seemed to actually be near to a breakthrough that the hacking scene had been waiting years for. In response to this, Jools Watsham posted that Renegade Kid would "have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games."


Due to some backlash over his statements, Watsham has posted another blog entry to clarify himself. First, he addressed that what he said was never an attempt to insult Nintendo. He has always been a "huge supporter of Nintendo" and for anyone to have interpreted statements otherwise were barking up the wrong tree. Interestingly, he goes on to say that he isn't against piracy itself either.


His revisited statement in regards to piracy is as follows:


"This does not mean I am taking a stand against piracy. This does not mean I am taking my business elsewhere in an action of protest.


What this means is if we cannot make money from developing games we can no longer develop games. That is what can happen if piracy gets bad. If enough people choose to illegally obtain copies of my games for free instead of paying for them, it directly affects my business and my home."


Why not actually take a stand against piracy? He goes on to say that it exists in every market. After that, he mentions that games must be priced fairly to help alleviate some of the issues, but piracy is always going to go on regardless. So after all that, we see that his initial post was more of an emotional reaction than pure business strategy. Watsham recognizes it is a bit futile but the relative safety of the 3DS for so long had lulled him into a false sense of security.

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