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Crysis 2 and Modern Warfare 3 named most pirated games of 2011

Crysis 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Battlefield 3 have been named the top three games in 2011, but not in a way that will have Crytek, Infinity Ward, or EA popping champagne any time soon. According to TorrentFreak's Top 10 Most Pirated Games of 2011 list, Crysis 2 was digitally pinched the most last year through 3.92 million illegals downloads, while Modern Warfare 3 trailed closely at 3.65 million, and Battlefield 3 followed with 3.51 million.

The dubious countdown was compiled using information from “several sources”, as well as data from all public BitTorrent trackers. Other "winners" on TorrentFreak's list include Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2, which topped the Wii downloads for another year at 1.28 million; Epic's Gears of War 3, which came first for Xbox 360 downloads at 890,000; and Valve's Portal 2, which wound up in fifth place for illegal PC downloads at 3.24 million.

As indicated by the numbers and in the complete report, PC games were downloaded three times more than console titles. Other platforms like the PS3 suffered significant less than the PC, Wii, and Xbox 360; hence their exclusion from the final tally.

Crysis 2's showing is unfortunate, but predictable. The PC version of the sequel leaked a full month before its real release date, and the pirating only intensified following its launch in March. An incomplete version of Gears of War 3 also leaked for Xbox 360 owners, however the damage was far less significant.

Compared to last year's report, the total number of illegal downloads is about the same. That is, while they haven't gone up, it's clear that current anti-piracy strategies aren't doing the trick. But remember: who knows how many of those pirates would have bought the game anyway? And they're all providing free marketing for the game companies, so it's a completely victimless crime. Right?

15 comments

  • inkyspot - January 2, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Arrrggh Matey, I got the console version, Argh! Argh!
  • BigDannyH - January 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Firstly, saying a game's popular therefore it's not as bad to steal it is absolute bollocks. People have made a game you want to play, do the decent thing and pay them for it. Also, developers have said before that they concentrate on the console market because PC games are so heavily pirated, so gamers end up losing out too. Pirates are ignorant, selfy little prats.
  • Scoob - January 2, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    It's funny when you see all the self-righteous posts about piracy in these stories about how it's wrong and what not. And I'm not saying that it isn't. I purchase all my games. But there is nobody on the internet who is a total saint when it comes to digital theft. I guarantee that all of you still download your music to some extent, if not that, then you're listening to unofficial versions from random users on Youtube at your leisure. Maybe you're stealing a ROM from an old NES game. Or you could be viewing a copyrighted picture of a beautiful woman. Downloaded a movie perhaps? Pretty sure most people's internet avatars are copyrighted material used without permission of the copyright holders, and therefore stolen. The difference between gaming and other media is that video game PR has been much more effective and vigilant in their plight to stop piracy and the reasoning behind it. Like, I said, it's all wrong and illegal, but don't go around acting like you're all upstanding citizens when you're clearly not. Remember kids, don't copy that floppy!
  • BigDannyH - January 2, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Are you seriously comparing using an internet avatar with downloading a full 40 quid videogame from a torrent site? Don't play the fool. And assuming everyone steals music & movies is part of the problem. Not everyone does.
  • BladedFalcon - January 2, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    Can you honestly, say with a straight face that you have purchased every single MP3 you have on your computer?
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 2, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    I absolutely can, and I have over 30 gigs of it. Most of that is ripped from CDs I bought new off of Amazon. If you love something, you should try to nourish it. I don't see piracy as taking money from people as much as I see people who make stuff not getting their dues.
  • Ultimadrago - January 2, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    "But remember: who knows how many of those pirates would have bought the game anyway? And they're all providing free marketing for the game companies, so it's a completely victimless crime. Right?" RIGHT-O, Matt Bradford!
  • Romkslrqusz - January 2, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    As long as the Devs still have food on the table and a roof over their heads, it doesn't really matter. People are always going to pirate software, just like how people are always going to steal things. The difference is the impact it has - pirating a big game like Modern Warfare 3 that's already raking millions of dollars isn't going to have a negative impact - it's just going to keep the rich from getting richer. However, when you pirate software from a tiny independent developer then you ARE having a negative impact, because their product doesn't get the same level of attention that big games do. It's like the difference between stealing from Walmart or a small local family-owned store.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 2, 2012 2 p.m.

    Right, because megacorporations and tiny companies have the same number of employees. Activision may be raking in billions from CoD, but they're also employing thousands of people and dealing with massively expensive logistics. Wal-Mart employs 2 million people, and theft might not hurt the big wigs, but it affects Christmas bonuses and a store's ability to hire more people. You petulant little fucks should realize that there's more to big business than the cigar-chomping figureheads.
  • artichokeme - January 2, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    chill little fool, your retarded man. you guys get payed the same regardless of the petty downloaders and or thefts. i bought my game but still if your one of the thousands of employees of the big corporations your still gonna get payed your minimum wage even if a few people decide to do it unlegit. and how often do you get a bonus workin for wallmart? haha whatever
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 3, 2012 5:51 a.m.

    I'm 24, in Afghanistan, and literally being paid to kill people. I know that with you kids, it's cool to act stupidly, but you have to go out of your way to sound as stupid as you do. "Chill, little fool"? You know you're white, right? And stealing digital games doesn't take money away from companies, but it doesn't support their work either. I understand that you have never created anything worth value in your life, so you don't understand what it is like to create something worth value. And you know what happens when video game companies don't make their money? Bizarre, Visceral, and Pandemic (Just to name a few) had to close their doors for good, and countless studios had to issue layoffs. Do you think any of this affects Bobby Kotick? No, it affects the people that lost their jobs. Now go back to school, learn about economics, and continue living in your fantasy, you pathetic, uneducated Jersey Shore reject.
  • potpan0 - January 2, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    I reckon that many of those people wouldn't have bought the game if it wasn't available for piracy, so 3.92 million downloads doesn't necessarily mean 3.92 million sales lost. But still, it's pretty sad that still the companies are loosing sales and pirates are risking the PC market.
  • profile0000 - January 2, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Agreed. Not all 3.92 million downloads are lost sales, but a good portion of them sure as hell could be. Another million in sales can go a long way for both publishers and developers.
  • onetimebuster - January 2, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Pirates used to be cool until they wait pirates were never cool.
  • firelegendmush - January 2, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Ninjas FTW.

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