In response to a fan looking for a free copy of Minecraft before he attempted to pirate it, Minecraft’s original creator Notch simply suggested “Just pirate it.” This response fits into the philosophy he shared last year that pirates are not thieves, but potential customers.
Just pirate it. If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then. Also don’t forget to feel bad.
This stance is obviously an unusual one for a developer, especially for an indie game creator, where cash flow from one game can determine the life of the next. Of course, Mojang is not suffering after hitting 4 million in sales last November.
Even if the company has sizable sales, it doesn’t seem that an abundance of money is the motivating factor to say “OK, just take it.” Combined with Notch’s optimistic view of gamers looking for a free copy of his own game, it seems that the developer’s main motivation is just for people to enjoy his work and have a good time.