StarCraft II Has Been Pirated 2.3 Million Times


Blizzard Entertainment released the incredibly popular real-time strategy game, StarCraft II, approximately three months ago on July 27th. Since that date, the game has managed to sell an estimated 3 million units.

However, that sales estimate does not necessarily reveal how many total players that StarCraft II has accumulated. According to TorrentFreak, the 7.19 GB game has been downloaded–from various sources–2.3 million times.

To put that number into perspective, 2.3 million units of StarCraft II adds up to 15.77 Petabytes, which in turn roughly equals 16,536,043 GB of data. In monetary terms, the game could have potentially added a healthy $138,000,000 onto overall profits. While obviously, every copy of the game that was downloaded does not automatically equate to a loss in sales, it’s still an interesting number.

With this data in mind, StarCraft II currently claims the record for the most data transferred through torrents–congratulations?

StarCraft II Pirated 2.3 Million Times [GamePolitics]

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12 Comments on "StarCraft II Has Been Pirated 2.3 Million Times"

  1. Techi November 22, 2010 at 02:05 - Reply

    Damn man. If I was a game designer and saw this, I’d be flipping out. I mean think about all the hours and time and money put into these games, only to have some lame ass punk pirate a copy of it. Specially a number like this. This is why I take the time to watch the credits at the end of games. Those guys/girls deserve a lot of credit.

  2. MrTastyDDR November 19, 2010 at 20:17 - Reply

    do what you want because pirating is free, you are pirating! yar har!

  3. Kreyg November 18, 2010 at 20:53 - Reply

    Damn, that’s a lot of fucking pirates.

  4. JesusHMacy November 18, 2010 at 19:43 - Reply

    Pirates be pirating

  5. ufc345 November 18, 2010 at 18:51 - Reply

    damn thats a of money lost

    • Ebahn13 November 18, 2010 at 19:05 - Reply

      Not lost, just not gained.
      Lost is actually LOSING money.
      Like a game that couldn’t even cover the cost of production.
      This money would have been a bonus, but they haven’t lost anything.

      • JesusHMacy November 18, 2010 at 19:44 - Reply

        Pirates talk like that so they feel better about stealing.

        • Ebahn13 November 19, 2010 at 02:00 - Reply

          I have no shame that I am a pirate.
          However, I always make a point to BUY the game if I like it.
          If I don’t like it, then no money lost.

          • JesusHMacy November 21, 2010 at 03:22 - Reply

            Your still a pirate. Get a job.

            • Ebahn13 November 21, 2010 at 04:50 - Reply

              I will once I get in the Air Force early next year.
              Damn weight-restrictions…

      • gh3tto_monk November 19, 2010 at 00:12 - Reply

        actually, that money can be counted as lost. if people legally and fairly bought the game the sales could have been close to doubled. so they lost a little less than half the possible sales.

        • Ebahn13 November 19, 2010 at 01:58 - Reply

          Lost only in comparison…
          Game producers treat it as if they made no profit at all.