Pirate Syndicate, Get a Job


Pirates attempting (and presumably succeeding) to crack Syndicate have found something unusual: Career advice.

Hackers intent on cracking the PC version of Syndicate were surprised to discover a message from developer, Starbreeze, hidden amongst the game files.

The .nfo file, which comes with a cute little rendition of Starbreeze’s sun logo done in the style of popular cracking groups, reads as follows:

Are you bored with watching from the sidelines? Ready to make the switch? Do you have considerable talents in any of the following areas? Art, modeling, texturing, sound design. Programming. Game design?

If you meet one or more of those criteria, and want to be a part of the fun, email us at [email protected] today!

The file, named Syndicate-SBZ.nfo, was found by Redditor MikkelManDK. Is it a legit offer? Perhaps, and if so, it wouldn’t be the first time a cracker has switched sides. According to, Martin Iwinski, CEO of The Witcher developer, CD Projekt, was a member of a cracking outfit back in the days of the Amiga. On the other hand, starting a potential interview with a jolly “Hey, I pirated your game!” is probably a poor idea.

So,(not quite) cunning trap, a genuine offer or a genuine offer? If it’s the latter, I imagine the 25 people Starbreeze laid off earlier in the month are laughing their way to the food bank.

Source: TorrentFreak

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