It's a common issue with multiplayer-only indie games -- reams of empty servers, and no-one to play against. Size Five Games' Dan Marshall has been having similar issues with his latest release Gun Monkeys
, but today he launched a unique method for fixing the problem.
Whenever players find themselves sitting in an empty Gun Monkeys
server for a few minutes, with no players online to fight against, the game will automatically generate a free Steam key for the player.
The idea is that the player can then give the key to another friend who is online, and quickly have someone to play against. Free keys are limited per player, meaning that you'll potentially receive multiple keys, but not unlimited numbers.
Marshall says that
the method is "a unique solution to a frustrating situation."