StarCraft II is the most pirated computer game of 2010

A survey performed by popular torrent blog TorrentFreak shows that internet pirates really REALLY like StarCraft II. By using file-sharing software BitTorrent to legally distribute digital copies of its game, developer Blizzard has also created quite a window for internet piracy. The damage calculated is currently over 260,000 illegal downloads of the RTS epic.

While no amount of piracy could ever really affect the Blizzard money pile, we’re sure some company execs must be raging over this. Hopefully, this situation doesn’t act as some sort of invitation for Blizzard to rethink its stance on digital rights management and create some new soul-crushing form of anti-piracy software.

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  • Syncmaster - August 17, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    piracy always find a way in. starcrat 2 already have the bullshit of having to be connected online to play most of the game and well, here we are.
  • jakovpiplica - August 16, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    can i play pirate mp of this game on xfire the way you play cod2!??????
  • wormytables - August 14, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    You can subtract one from that 260,000 - i was FORCED to torrent the installer because the blasted blizzard servers kept shafting me - I had already bought the sodding game. so, i torrented it but didn't steal it. so there!
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - August 13, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    If you want to play the game, pay for it. I'm not sure where some people got it stuck in their heads that if they want to play a game and don't want to pay for it they should still be allowed to play it. 260 000 pirated. if 60 000 go on to buy it, which i think is a high number but i'll give the benefit of the doubt, there are 12 million dollars in lost sales. But those are just possible numbers. It is simple, if you want to play it, but don't want to pay for it, then you shouldn't play it. If you can't afford it, save money for a while until you can, or until it drops in price. Both of those options will happen. Ok priate-fanboys, hate away.
  • alistairgellan - August 13, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    I disagree with the assertion that by "using file-sharing software BitTorrent to legally distribute digital copies of its game, developer Blizzard has also created quite a window for internet piracy." Using bit torrent for distribution will have had no effect on the amount of internet piracy. I think your understanding of how these things work is somewhat flawed.
  • hazelam - August 13, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    further proof, if it were needed, that drm does not stop piracy.
  • Gahmah - August 13, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    260,000 seems kinda small for a game of this much popularity.
  • Woodsey - August 13, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    People are truly shameless. Even though a pirated copy =/= a lost sale, the majority of pirates are just free-loading arse holes. And to be honest, it's irrelevant that they buy it later because company execs don't look at it like that; and they're the ones who decide what DRM we get.
  • Redeater - August 13, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    I have to agree with "Sweagin" on this one. We are going to be paying 120 dollars once again for the same game. The difference is that in the first starcraft they called it an expansion and was marked down in price. I don't see that happening for the next 2 "full" games.
  • Ampatent - August 13, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    And yet... it will still be one of the best selling games of the decade.
  • crumbdunky - August 13, 2010 7 a.m.

    Of ,my more hardcore PC gaming friends quite a few pirate the odd game and I daresay a couple of them may contribute to this number but, and i'm sure there are more ike them elsehere, they tend to do it as a trial most of the time if a demo doesn't give them enough of a grasp of whether they want to invest in the full game- In these cases they wouldn't BUY the game anyway but if the, esp with a game like SC2 where the SP is all you can play pirated, game impresses them they ALWAYS buy the full version. Just because a game's pirated doesn't always mean the loss of a sale is what i'm saying. the fact that people like this exist proves that piracy doesn't always equal a total theft-without it some copies would never get sold, imho, and the same kind of thing can be said of used sales where kids with not enough income to buy new games stay in the fold(and maybe buy the DLC later for a used game)with used sales when, otherwise, they'd afford nothing and maybe be lost to gaming altogether by the time they earn enough to be contributing on the new game front. I'm not saying piracy is good or used game sales don't have a downside(though with used sales it's only gaming that cries so much about people selling on a product they've got bored of!! Make the games better and no one will want to sell 'em on!!)as, clarly, there is and there ARE greedy and tight gamers around the world. No, all i'm saying is that it isn't as blac and white as the industry makes out and sometimes I feel they aren't looking at things deeply enough-I truly feel that killing all used sales would possibly harm the industry by forcing kids without the cash into cheaper hobbies in a large number of cases-certainly I've had to exist on used games when times were hard and had i not been able to who knows if i'd still hold an interest and buy all the games I do now? I'm no fan of RTS, mind, so IDK whether there was a problem with fans of SC2 wanting to take something out on Blizzard as that can also falsely boost piracy figures if they made a token demonstration over DRM or something similar, some gripe about the game or company? BTW, sorry if I',m missing an obvious one but, as I said, the RTS world isn't one I'm that up on.
  • AlSwearengenHatesCocksuckers - August 13, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    Ok Everest Man, that $60 clearly involves the MP, which is THE major factor in making the purchase decision for about 80% of the people who got it. Yes, the campaign is fairly long, but sure as hell not $60 long. I beat it in about 13 hours. And if Blizz refuses to allow those of us who bought WoL to get some kind of a discount on the next two, I don't think I will be alone in not buying it. I'll essentially be paying full price for less of a game then I got the first time. Oh and yes I am a cheapskate. It tends to happen to those of us working and going to college at the same time. My money is incredibly valuable to me.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 13, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    If I'm correct, Blizzard's Battle.Net "DRM" is pretty air-tight, so anyone interested in the multi-player, which I understand everyone is, then they'd have to buy it anyways. This really doesn't matter.
  • Everest Man - August 13, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    What always gets me, is the people who are bitching about the game costing 60 bucks for just the Terran campaign. Never mind the fact that the Terran campaign has just 4 less missions in it than the first Starcraft's 3 campaigns combined. Al, you don't look like an asshole, you look like a uninformed cheapskate.
  • AlpineGuy - August 13, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    I just hope that this news doesn't result in more hoops for me to jump through just to play StarCraft II. I already think it's stupid to have to log on to the Internet just to play the single-player campaign.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 13, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    If pirated copies can only do single player, then this doesn't seem like as huge a deal. Honestly, how many people got this game exclusively for the single player? It also kinda sucks how they can't figure out how many of the pirates went out and bought the full game afterwards, that could be a big point here.
  • Redeater - August 13, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    wow I feel bad for them......considering they have suckers like me who pay their hard earned money for this game and have to buy it 3 times in order to get the full one.
  • MetalReborn - August 13, 2010 3 a.m.

    i bought this because u had to for the multiplayer... and im glad i did :)
  • Baron164 - August 13, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Even if they did try to incorporate some kind of soul crushing DRM it would be circumvented in about a week max. I just wish that had Blizzard games on Steam.
  • 8bitBaby - August 13, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    wow. not surprised. i pirated the original SC (made a copy of a friends brothers battle chest) but then i bought it later cause i love it so much. i'll do the same with SC2. i have love but i'm also frequently poor. not broke... POOR.

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