File This Under “Pirates Are Jerks”

on Wednesday, May. 29th

The folks at Devolver Digital wanted to do something nice for their fans today.

This morning we launched a promotion on Facebook where fans of Shadow Warrior could like the new Facebook page and receive a Steam key for Shadow Warrior Classic (1997), the original version of the game, for free. As luck would have it some folks were able to sidestep some of the security and download the Steam keys we had set aside for this promotion – all 50,000 of them. Whoops.

Some of those keys wound up being sold online, demonstrating the principle that "information wants to be free so it can be auctioned off to the highest bidder".

Devolver has responded by making the game free to play for anyone on Steam.

For everyone who is paranoid about the XBox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles having draconian digital rights management schemes, remember this moment.

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