Wolfire Says Counterfeit Lugaru Selling On Apple's App Store
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In a recent blog post Wolfire Games has alleged that a group of developers is illegaly selling a copy of its Lugaru action game on Apple's Mac App Store. The official Lugaru HD is available for $9.99, while the version Wolfire says is counterfeit is being sold for only $0.99. Wolfire goes on to explain that the 99 cent Lugaru is the open source build of the game originally included with the Humble Indie Bundle, and expresses concern with Apple's response to the issue.
From Wolfire's Blog
You may recall that two weeks ago we added Lugaru HD to the Mac App Store for $9.99 (the same price as on Steam, our own site, and all other distribution channels). You can imagine our surprise when we saw it listed on the Mac store for only $0.99! When we looked into it further, we saw that it was uploaded and sold by someone we had never heard of (using the pseudonym of "iCoder" / "Michael Latour") and had the name "Lugaru" instead of our "Lugaru HD".Read the full post at the link below.
Wolfire Blog: Lugaru App Store Troubles
This is a kind of software fraud we've never even heard of: a pirate simply downloading the app and resubmitting it to the same distribution channel at a lower price. We immediately emailed Apple explaining the situation, expecting them to quickly investigate the situation, shut down the fraudulent app, and follow up with us. We started this process a few days ago, and haven't heard back from Apple yet.
While piracy is a fact of life for all game developers, this Mac app store scam is a different beast entirely. Apple is billing the Mac App Store as the place to buy Mac software. It is auto-installed in your dock. It is listed in the Apple menu. We expect pirated copies of games to be available in shady corners of the internet, but not in well-known digital distribution channels with famously long review processes.
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