Gameloft’s upcoming mobile shooter Modern Combat 5 is not due out until 24 July. As part of the campaign to build hype, the developer held a contest for individuals to win an advance copy of the game. It did not expect the winner to crack the game and share it over torrent websites.
There are currently thousands of players on the Modern Combat 5 servers, far more than the small handful of winners who legitimately obtained the game. This situation has angered the developers who have taken to social media to lash out at the pirates..
Florian Weber, Gameloft’s community manager, posted to the Modern Combat 4 Hub on Facebook, “As you can imagine I am really pissed off. To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them?”
The developer has already activated its anti-piracy measures, which should allow it to ban the pirated copies. At the very least it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out who has a cracked version of the game considering that there are statistically more pirates than actual customers.