Videogame piracy

Peo­ple re­ally aren’t happy with Sea Of Thieves’ first Pi­rate Leg­end

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Hit­ting level 50 across the game’s three fac­tions is a mighty un­der­tak­ing that in­volves many, many hours of skele­ton-bash­ing, rid­dle-solv­ing and sail­ing. So nat­u­rally ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity wanted to be the first to do it. And nat­u­rally every­body now hates the one player who man­aged it.

But it’s not quite that clear cut. You see, Prod1­gyX streamed their at­tempt to be­come a Pi­rate Leg­end on Twitch, and gained quite a fol­low­ing do­ing so. The prob­lem is, many of those watch­ing be­lieved that Prod1­gyX was ‘boost­ing’ to get to his ac­co­lade. In other words, join­ing par­ties of other play­ers and pig­gy­back­ing their achieve­ments to ac­cel­er­ate their own progress. You might see this as text­book pi­rate be­hav­iour – plun­der­ing the riches of oth­ers – but the pi­rate pop­u­la­tion has largely dis­avowed its first ever Pi­rate Leg­end. Would Jack Spar­row have played by the rules?

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