Piracy is still a pretty big issue for the PC games industry. Some companies have taken the approach of DRM, while others will make you suffer throughout the entire game experience. However, this sort of thing won’t stop pirates from playing the games they want to play — oh no. They will still pirate away.
2011 was a year filled with great titles. Sadly, the PC community felt it better to pirate some of the best games of the year rather than support the industry. Without further interruption, here were the top 5 pirated PC games of 2011 (due note that these are estimates)
Crysis 2 – 3,920,000
Modern Warfare 3 – 3,650,000
Battlefield 3 – 3,510,000
FIFA 12 – 3,390,000
Portal 2 – 3,240,000
I won’t lie, it bothers me to see that Portal 2 was pirated 3.2 million times. There were several times where Valve put the game on sale for next to nothing, and hell — a few weeks after release they dropped the price to $29.99. It was worth every penny of it, too! Crysis 2 was leaked well before release, so that might have had a hand in it being the number one game on the list.
As far as the rest of the games on that list go, I’m not surprised — except with FIFA. Who knew software pirates had a hard-on for soccer? I could sit here and lecture everyone all day and say “support the industry,” but at the end of the day, pirates will be pirates. Good looks to everyone who PAID for games in 2011, and to those who pirated — you’re all a bunch of dicks.
Top 10 Most Pirated Games of 2011 [Torrent Freak]