Mutant Mudds Developer Clarifies Statement on 3DS Piracy

Following up on comments he made earlier last month, Mutant Mudds and Dementium developer Jools Watsham clarified his comments about the Nintendo 3DS and piracy in a new blog post (as reported by Eurogamer). Concerned that some in the community took his comments to be a slight against Nintendo and the 3DS platform, Watsham tried to clarify what he meant. Last month Watsham said that he would no longer develop games for the 3DS if piracy became commonplace on the platform. The comments followed a report that a hacker had managed to take full control of the 3DS and load unauthorized software on it.

"I have always been a huge supporter of Nintendo, the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3DS," Watsham wrote on his blog. "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."

He repeated what he said in the previous blog entry on piracy: "If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games," but added that "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," he continued. "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."

Watsham goes on to say that there doesn't seem to be a solution for dealing with piracy and that it will always be out there in one form or another:

"I accept that piracy will exist on the 3DS. The question is how much is it affecting the market? Some markets maintain a healthy business environment alongside piracy. I believe this is due to many factors, not least of which is the service provided in that market."

He closes by saying that he plans to bring Mutant Mudds 2 to the 3DS eShop, and that he would not be surprised if critics will take his latest comments as a tactic to avoid controversy:

"I expect the cynics out there will discard my words as an attempt to just smooth things over. No. I just want to try and get my original intent communicated. That is all."

Source: Eurogamer

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