As seen in the entertainment and music industry, piracy remains a big problem for game developers and publishers. With some of the biggest games released towards the end of 2011, piracy was again top of the agenda for some users.
A list of the most pirated games of 2011 has now been compiled and published and we can tell you that the top game that PC and Xbox 360 users couldn’t wait to get their hands on legally, was not some of the most obvious choices in Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim or Battlefield 3.
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Instead, it was none other than Crysis 2 as EA will be concerned to hear that the shooter takes home the title of most pirated game of 2011. A full list of games have been published courtesy of TorrentFreaks and it reveals that the PC version of Crysis 2 was most pirated with 3.92 million downloads. The Xbox 360 version in comparison was nowhere near as popular, as it didn’t even make it in to the top 5 games that were pirated on Microsoft’s console in 2011. That honor went to Gears of War 3 with an estimated 890,000 downloads.
If you are interested in hearing how Modern Warfare 3 faired, figures released by TorrentFreaks claims that MW3 was the second most pirated game of 2011, with 3.65 million downloads on PC, and around 830,000 downloads on the Xbox 360. Battlefield 3 was in third place on the 2011 PC piracy chart with 3.5 million downloads, but you may be surprised to hear that Skyrim was nowhere to be found in the top five on either PC or Xbox 360. Does that suggest that many fans opted to purchase a copy of Bethesda’s latest RPG epic out of respect for the company – perhaps.
Crysis 2 shouldn’t really be a surprise either. The game was leaked one month before release which probably explains why it came out top of the list ahead of Modern Warfare 3. When you put the PC and Xbox 360 Crysis piracy figures into perspective, that is a huge amount of money that EA has lost on the game and you can bet that they are pretty livid about it as well.
What are your thoughts on the piracy figures? Piracy will always remain on PC of course, but let’s hope that the next generation consoles in the PS4, Wii U and Xbox ’720′ remain piracy free.