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PC piracy is as high as 1:20, says Crytek

Yerli brands the PC games industry as the "most intensely pirated market" following lacklustre Crysis sales

The ratio of legal sales to illegal piracy of high profile PC titles could be as much as one to 20, according to Crytek's CEO Cevat Yerli.

During an interview with IGN, Yerli sought to explain what he saw as the reasons for Crytek's title Crysis' lacklustre sales, blaming lower than expected reviews and poor marketing decisions but placing most of the emphasis on PC piracy.

"The PC industry is really, at the moment, I would say the most intensely pirated market ever. It's crazy how the ratio between sales to piracy is probably 1 to 15 to 1 to 20 right now," Yerli said.

"For one sale there are 15 to 20 pirates and pirate versions, and that's a big shame for the PC industry. I hope with Warhead I hope we improve the situation, but at the same time it may have an impact on [our] PC exclusivity in the future."

This mirrors Yerli's comments earlier this year, in which he said Crytek led the charts in piracy and would no longer make PC-exclusive titles.

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Latest comments (2)

Peter Law Freelance Game Designer and Unity Developer, Enigma 239 years ago
I think with Crysis, a lot of people were put off because of it's high system requirements and up until recently was still 34.99 (which is rather expensive for a ~8 month old game)
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"Could be"... "Probably"...

Maybe the headline shouldn't say that it "is" as high as 1:20
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