Loop Hero developers advise Russian gamers to pirate their game

A skull made of ones and zeros hovers in front of the Knight of Loop Hero on the game's cover art.

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Four Quarters, the developer behind the highly acclaimed deck building roguelike loop heroencourages players to pirate his game if they can’t find legal means to buy it given the ongoing sanctions against Russia following its military invasion of Ukraine.

The sanctions imposed on Russia have made it very difficult for Russian gamers to buy games on online retailers like Steam. Concerned players turned to VK, a Russian social media site, with purchase questions loop hero and supports Russian indie game developers Four Quarters amid the sanctions replied in a post on Sunday by encouraging players to “raise the pirate flag” and stream the game instead. In the post, Four Quarters linked players with a torrent version of loop hero on RuTracker, Russia’s largest BitTorrent tracker website, and reminded gamers to use a VPN as well.

kotaku has reached out to 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, the Four Quarters denounced in a pinned Twitter post, negatively affects both Russian developers and Russian players. While players can’t buy games online, Russian developers couldn’t cash out payments earned through Steam. It’s on the shop front Suspension of all bank payments to Russia and Ukraine. Players on VK, apparently aware of this fact, offered to send them loop hero Developers direct donations. But, Four Quarters doubled down on its stance in a VK post yesterday, telling players, “There’s nothing wrong with torrenting.”

“We’re very grateful for your support, but the truth is we’re fine,” Four Quarters wrote loudly a Google translation of the post. “Sending this support to your family and friends at this difficult time.” Loop Hero developers advise Russian gamers to pirate their game

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