World of Goo Publisher Goes Bankrupt

31 01 2009


Whoever said 2D Boy’s 90% piracy rate claim was ridiculous should probably eat their words.

Brighter Minds, publishers of World of Goo, yesterday filed for bankruptcy. Dispute the popularity of the game and the success of 2D Boy as a developer, it hasn’t managed to keep their publisher in the black. Could piracy be to blame?

The publishing company have filed for a chapter 11 bankruptcy, meaning they still keep control of their company while they try to sort out the financial problems. You have to wonder if 2D Boy’s extreme piracy claims are actually quite real after this news.

I’m going to try to contact Brighter Minds and see what they have to say on the situation, but it has to be said that it’s really not good news at all.




3 responses

1 02 2009

I never wondered if their statistics were real. They were quite forward and open with their methodologies, and there was no reason to doubt their numbers. This is especially true when you realize that their product is DRM-free and they weren’t using the piracy figures as an excuse to add any.

As for Brighter Minds, keep in mind that they have many, many games that they publish, and World of Goo doesn’t even seem to be their best-selling product. That honor apparently goes to Top Chef the Game.

1 02 2009

I think at the time of their claim, many believed that the guys hadn’t taken dynamic ips into consideration, plus the fact that buyers may have installed the game on multiple PCs, therefore meaning the actual piracy rate could potentially be anything in a large range. Of course, as you point out Greg, they were very open about their methods and had no reason to fudge the results.

As for Top Chef the Game, I may have to find a copy and give it a go, it sounds excitingly delicious 🙂

23 05 2012

Yeah, cinema are pttery much returning to some fascimile of the Studio System and we can’t say globalization equals balance in content. After all, more than half of the internet is in English and centers on the US. Wikipedia alone has more articles about fictional locations than South American writers, for example. And I do worry that it ultimately boils down to a Hobbes’ choice, everyone seeing all the options and choosing the most advertised one.But again, I believe we’re in a period of transition and its too early to say what will all this end. Personally, I doubt paper books and newspaper will disappear since they’re still heavily needed in the third world and we usually get a hands me down approach toward the first world.

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