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Help! My games are being pirated! People are choosing to get copies of my material illegally rather than giving me large sums of money instead! I seem to be given the option to "Warn Them" or "Sue Them":

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What are the repercussions of each of these actions? Will they affect the number of fans I have or my company's reputation? Will this actually increase the number of games sold? What can I do about piracy?

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If the message warning you about piracy looks like this, then perhaps you should consider buying the game rather than downloading it illegally! –  kalina Apr 29 '13 at 12:37
    
I think this question (and this current answer) is off-topic in Arqade. From the FAQ: "Please note, however, that site policies prohibit questions of the following types: ... Piracy, and support with pirated games." –  galacticninja Apr 29 '13 at 12:45
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I think you're lacking knowledge of the game in hand, or else you wouldn't have created such a silly comment... –  kalina Apr 29 '13 at 12:47
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@galacticninja This is not a screen from the pirated version of this game. Piracy is a game mechanic in the legit game too. –  fredley Apr 29 '13 at 12:47
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It's ok - everybody makes mistakes every now and again! –  kalina Apr 29 '13 at 13:02
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When you're prompted to deal with your pirates, you're given two options - warn them or sue them.

If you choose to warn your pirates, your fans will respond positively to the fact you didn't launch all out war against gamers pirating your game. You'll be presented with a brief bit of story about how piracy is rife within the games industry and that many developers are taking gamers to court over it, while others are taking a more relaxed approach to the issue. You will get some positive feedback from them and also gain some additional fans.

If you choose to sue your pirates, you'll get a backlash from your fans, who will be unhappy about you being heavy handed over the situation. You will lose a lot of fans as a result of your actions, but gain some money back in legal claims;

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If you are not given two options like in the screenshot on the question, but instead receive a screenshot like below, then you're actually a real life pirate who stole the game instead of buying it;

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Perhaps you should consider buying the game rather than downloading it illegally!

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If you've lost minus 1,666 fans does it mean you've gained that many? :/ –  JohnoBoy Apr 30 '13 at 11:08
    
No, it's not a double negative - I actually lost a lot more fans than the number presented on the message as well, since I had ~8k fans before the message, and a month after the message I had ~2k fans –  kalina Apr 30 '13 at 11:10
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