On December 30th, 2012, Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid wrote a post on his website, entitled “3DS Piracy.” The post is a few paragraphs in length, not too long and I encourage you all to take a couple of minutes and read it. I think the quote which stands out the most though is the following in which Jools addresses future development on the 3DS,
“If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games.”
His posting was and still is open for comments and comments were made, 91 in fact. These comments were a mixture of opinions, some positive, some negative and some downright hateful and immature. The following day Jools clarified his position on this matter via Twitter stating,
“For the record, my fear of piracy on the 3DS is loss of revenue, not a stance of principle. If we can’t make money we can’t make games.”
Earlier this morning Jools put out a new post on his site, entitled “3DS Piracy Revisited.” I want to quote the first couple of paragraphs for you here, but I strongly encourage you to read his latest posting in its entirety. I have exchanged a handful or two of emails and tweets with Jools in 2012 and I have to say I find him to be a really good guy based on these conversations. I ask that you please support this dedicated developer and his studio – Renegade Kid.
“I have always been a huge supporter of Nintendo, the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3DS. If you have followed my vlogs, blogs, and tweets over the past 6 years you will know this. What saddens me is that some people have taken my comments as an attack on Nintendo, the 3DS, and the players. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I wrote this: “If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games.”
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.”