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Enlisting Game Hackers Instead of Fighting Them

March 27th, 2011 03:23 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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CVG recently spoke with Christofer Sundberg, co-founder of Avalanche Studios, the company behind Just Cause and its sequel. Sundberg expressed his disdain for both DRM and poor cross-platform ports, and talked about how he sees the hacker community as more of an ally than publishers do. Quoting: “‘… 50 percent of the people that work for me come from a hacker background – that’s true.’ When asked whether approaching leading hackers and asking them to put their programming skills to good use was a wise idea, Sundberg added: ‘Oh yeah. I absolutely think that’s a fair approach, to think about how these people can fit on the right side of the law. It’s one way, at least. Perhaps the truest pirates are too much down the road of anarchy to ever work with you in a proper way; these are the guys who see us as evil! But in Sweden the [hacking] scene was huge… As a studio, we’ve found that there’s definitely a lot of talent [in that community].’”

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