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David Szymanski, Developer Of Iron Lung Explains Why He Raised The Price


“He’s only doing this for the money,” and he agrees with that sentiment

David Szymanski, the creator of the critically praised PC games Iron Lung, has hiked the price of his next game and claims it’s to make more money.

Szymanski recently increased the price of Iron Lung from $6 to $8, and he responded to users on social media who appeared to be “gotcha” him. “Once again, Iron Lung’s price went up because the game is worth $8 so I want to charge $8 because I want to earn more money. If you don’t agree with this price, I don’t want your money. Go pirate it or something idc,” he advised.

He went on to state that the price increase was due to “added value/content.” The price increase was announced in October and became effective in November. Szymanski says he hears the mantra, “He’s only doing this for the money,” and he agrees.

“Yes, no f**king shit, I make games for a living,” he said. “If I didn’t want to earn money from them I wouldn’t charge money for them. I like the business model of ‘I want money so I make something that I think is worth money, and you pay me that money and you get the thing, and we’re all happy’ That’s it. There’s nothing complicated or hidden here.”

“If you don’t think the things I make are worth the money I charge, that’s completely ok,” he added. “Don’t buy them, or wait for a deep sale, or go the sneaky route and get them for free or whatever, and please tell me that so I can adjust the prices for whatever I release next.”

David Szymanski

Iron Lung’s sales volume fell after the price change, according to Szymanski He admitted it was always a “gamble ” to raise the price, believing it would be the right decision in the long run. Szymanski predicted that sales of the Iron Lung game will continue to fall.

Another factor at work here is that Szymanski stated that he expects the attention from the upcoming Iron Lung film will “make up for” the price increase’s unfavorable sales trends.

Mark Fischback, aka Markiplier, wrote, directed, and produced the picture, which he also stars in. The film will be released in theaters, but no specific date has been set.