Word that Anino Games, a local game developer, was busted by the National Bureau of Investigation last week for allegedly running pirated software was confirmed by a story in Inquirer.net.
A complaint was filed at the NBI’s Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division by AutoDesk, a publicly listed company that develops 2D and 3D design software.
The raid resulted in the seizure of 36 computers that were installed with alleged illegal copies of several applications from software developer Autodesk Inc. Among the allegedly pirated software that were found were 3D Studio Max 2008, 3D Studio Max 9, AutoDesk Maya 8.5, AutoCAD 2008, AutoDesk Maya 2008 and Combustion 4.
AutoCAD costs $3,995 for each license, AutoDesk Maya costs $1,995 and 3D Studio Max has a price tag of $3,495. These softwares have a pretty hefty price tag and it’s obvious why AutoDesk Inc. filed the complaint against Anino Games (the first commercial game development firm in the Philippines).
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) only goes after big-time offenders so this bust could be in the millions of pesos.
This story incident hints of a curious question — is the local game development industry failing that companies cannot afford to pay for software licenses? How would this reflect on the Philippines as a potential hub for outsourcing game development?