How to Solve Your Android App Piracy Problem in 5 Minutes

Pirates are costing you serious cash. It’s time to put them to work.

Dissatisfied pirate

Developers have long known that Android has a piracy problem, but it was never clear just how widespread the problem was until Ustwogames, the creators of the immensely popular Monument Valley game, tweeted this:

Interesting fact: Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android are paid for. 40% on iOS. There’s a sneak peak of data!

Commence the Freakout

The web promptly exploded in response, with Business Insider detailing the issue:

 “Ustwo Games, the developer behind the wildly popular mobile game ‘Monument Valley’, revealed in a series of tweets that only 5% of all Android installs of its game were paid for.

Five percent.

Comparatively, the developer said 40% of Monument Valley installs on iOS were “legitimate.” So piracy isn’t an Android problem per se, but it is particularly bad there.”

If you make things for Android, it’s a disheartening state of affairs. How is anyone supposed to make a living creating for a platform that sees such rampant piracy?

The 5-Minute Solution

That’s where Tapcore comes in, taking a completely new approach to piracy. Instead of going after pirates (which can often suck up more resources than you’re losing to pirates in the first place), Tapcore puts them to work, adding simple, unobtrusive ads to every pirated version of your app.

Tapcore is breathtakingly simple to implement: just install the SDK, and start earning up to $.50 on every pirated install.

Here’s how it works:

Once Tapcore is integrated into your app, it gets to work, determining whether your apps were downloaded from Google Play or from pirate sources.

When it detects a pirated install, a beautifully designed and highly relevant ad is displayed to the user, and the proceeds from the ad go straight to the developer. For legitimate copies of the app, Tapcore does nothing: the experience remains exactly the same.

Only when a pirated install is detected does Tapcore spring into action to display an ad.

Every day, Tapcore serves up three million ad impressions to more than 500,000 users. That’s half a million previously unreachable users who are now being monetized.

A five-minute installation that can save you years of headaches? It’s kind of a no-brainer. Get started here with Tapcore.