Chinese Gaming Company Recognizes That 'Pirates' Are Underserved Customers

from the grasping-the-basics dept

Jeffrey Nonken points us to the news of how Chinese online gaming firm Shanda seems to have grasped some of the idea that so-called "pirates" are really just underserved customers. While the company still seeks to shut down private servers for its games, it will sometimes try to attract the users of the unauthorized server, sometimes by getting whoever ran it to help:
Shanda will set up its own server in the same geographical area in hopes of luring the private server’s users over to a legitimate Shanda game. Shanda may even rope the operator of the former private server into helping promote the licensed game.
Separately, in recognizing that sometimes the reasons why such unauthorized servers are put up is because users don't like particular restrictions on a game, Shanda is apparently looking to develop more flexible games that will allow players to have more choices within the official version:
The other prong of Shanda’s strategy against private servers acknowledges user demand for the sort of games they offer—where the rules can be changed and players can level up without weeks of effort.

For example, Shanda is developing a game platform called World Zero that will allow users to create their own game world and modify its rules, Tan said. A partner is also developing a game called “Jue Zhan Shuang Cheng” (roughly: “Decisive Battle of the Two Cities”) that imitates private server rules—allowing users to level up very quickly and engage in battles against other powered-up characters.
It's certainly not a full embrace of what users are doing, but it's a recognition that the folks involved are not just "dirty stinking pirates who want everything for free," but rather underserved customers who are really performing a type of free market research.
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  1. identicon
    John Doe, 16 Aug 2011 @ 6:53pm

    Mike Masnik Can't Read or Think

    The article I read said that the Dirty Scumbag pirates not only want everything for free, but they engaged in such destructive hacking of their enemy gangs that they cut off Internet access to a city.

    Or is this just another case of Mike talking about an article he did not bother to read like those foreign language articles he commented on. But this is in English

    "The Chongqing case also reflected how dirty competition can become in the private server business, where cyberattacks are common and victims are unlikely to seek police aid because their operations are illegal. The “Knights” group monopolized the market for Legend private-server ads because it disrupted rivals with cyberattacks, police alleged."

    And woman-sharers (gang rapists) are just providing sex education.

    If you listen to Mike Masnik or invite him to speak, you are an idiot.

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