Loop Hero devs ask Russian gamers to hack their game

A skull and crossbones made up of 1s and 0s floats in front of Loop Hero's knight on the game's cover art.

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Four Quarters, the developer behind the much-loved deck-building roguelike loop heroencourages players to hack his game if they can’t find a legal way to purchase it amid ongoing sanctions imposed on Russia after its military invasion of Ukraine.

Sanctions imposed on Russia have made buying games from online storefronts like Steam very difficult for Russian gamers. When affected gamers went to VK, a Russian social media site, with questions on how to purchase loop hero and supporting Russian indie game developers despite sanctions, Four Quarters replied in a message on Sunday encouraging players to “hoist the pirate flag” and torrent the game instead. In the post, Four Quarters linked players to a torrent version of loop hero on RuTracker, Russia’s largest BitTorrent tracking website, and reminded gamers to also use a VPN.

Kotaku has contacted Four Quarters for comment, but has not received a response at the time of publication.

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The war between Russia and Ukraine, that Four Quarters denounced in a pinned post on Twitter, has a negative impact on Russian developers as well as Russian gamers. Although gamers cannot purchase games online, Russian developers have been unable to collect payments earned through Steam. This is due to the showcase stopping all bank payments to Russia and Ukraine. VK players, apparently aware of this fact, offered to send the loop hero direct donations from developers. However, Four Quarters doubled down on their position in a VK message yesterday, telling players: “There’s nothing wrong with torrents.”

“We are very grateful for your support, but the truth is that everything is going well for us,” said Four Quarters, according to a Google translation of the message. “Send this support to your family and friends during this difficult time.”

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