Piracy is a prominent beast on Android – Sports Interactive one of a clutch of developers who regularly speak out about it – but is a somewhat less regular intrusion on iOS.
One developer operating on Apple's ecosystem, however, has been forced to pull its game following unsustainable demand on its servers created by players taking on pirated copies.
A real cow
As detailed by Touch Arcade, Hunted Cow's strategy sim Battle Dungeon is now no more on iOS, with the developer citing piracy as the cause.
"Unfortunately we have taken Battle Dungeon down for the foreseeable future," reads a statement published on the game's website.
"This was due to high levels of server load created by large numbers of pirated copies of the game. The high load revealed technical issues which we don't feel we can fix to the level that our paying customers deserve."
To its credit, Hunted Cow is offering to refund customers who purchased the app or paid out for any in-app items.
Indeed, it's Battle Dungeon's very popularity that appears to have led to its downfall, with players unwilling to pay the $4.99 purchase price bringing about its demise.
[source: Hunted Cow]