Crysis 2, Gears and Mario are 2011's Most Pirated

EA shooter sees 3,920,000 illegal PC downloads, Super Mario Galaxy 2 tops Wii chart for second year

Crysis 2 on PC, Xbox 360's Gears Of War 3 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Wii were the three most illegally downloaded games in 2011.

Crysis 2 was downloaded for PC 3,920,000 times, closely followed by Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 with 3,650,000, and Battlefield 3 with 3,510,000.

The numbers for Wii and Xbox 360 downloads were smaller, with just 1,280,000 for Super Mario Galaxy 2, which was also 2010's most pirated Wii game, and 890,000 for Gears Of War 3.

The figures, provided by TorrentFreak are gathered from a number of sources, and also showed that overall, illegal downloads for each platform are actually lower than in 2010.

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Latest comments (11)

Gregory Keenan6 years ago
As a PC gamer I'm not surprised by Crysis2 and MW3 being pirated allot as they were games that turned their back on the PC audience, this I thought, was the main cause of high piracy rates on the PC.

But BF3? With PC as the main platform? A know game as well, I hope EA catches every last one of those traitors
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Lance Winter Game Designer, Nordeus6 years ago
Generally, it's the most commercially popular titles which get pirated the most.

Crysis 2 is an exception, in that I suspect a lot of pirates acquired the game more due to its reputation as a "system tester".

Perhaps EA/Crytek could use this to their advantage next time around by perhaps providing a good free-to-play route for their next Crysis product?

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Fucking pirates. I don't think they actually care whether the game supports PC as the main platform or not; clearly they just go for the biggest, most heavily marketed releases. Crysis 2 probably got it extra bad due to favouring the consoles over its former PC home, so the pirates thought they'd 'teach Crytek a lesson' by stealing it. Ironically, if Crysis 3 is a console exclusive, these idiots will only have themselves to blame.

And the whole idea that some pirates steal games because they can't afford to buy them is nonsense - if you have a rig which can run Battlefield 3, you can bloody well afford 30/$50/50 to buy the damn game.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers6 years ago
Some pirates try to validate their activities in a number of ways, but the fact is most of them just want to have the game for free and they don't see monetary value in games. I'm tired of people acting like they're doing the world a favor by downloading a game for free.
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Preet Basson Train2Game Developer 6 years ago
Some Pirates are tired of being raped by publishers for half ass products, on top of the other numerous amount junk platform holders trying to shove down our throats. So fuck publishers.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Preetpal, having read a few of your comments, I'd suggest somewhere like N4G or IGN would be a better place to voice your opinions than here.
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Nrupesh Gajjar Buyer, Anthrox.com6 years ago
If you go to a restaurant and don't like the food, do you walk away without paying? With software, you can download a demo version or watch promo video or see reviews before buying. If you are working for a company and your boss does not like your work, should your boss just say no to your pay?
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Graeme Quantrill Mobile App Developer 6 years ago
The figures are going to hugely off as well. For a start, the data is purely from torrent sources so doesn't include usenet (a huge source) and http elements (I.e megaupload, rapidshare, etc). It also doesn't include hard copies which is such a huge market especially in Brazil & China, 2 of the highest piracy nations.

It's a shame PC's are the hardest hit. It's the only platform to really embrace digital distribution effectively (I.e. it actually works out better for the consumer with regard to price point). PS3 is no surprise as Sony nipped it in the bud quickly, sued everyone and killed that scene.MS figures will be higher next year as well.
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Staeton Grey Junior Software Engineer, Pennant PLC6 years ago
While piracy is obviously bad, I think comfort should be taken in knowing that in many situations;

1 pirated copy != 1 lost sale

Of course this isn't true for every single pirated copy, but it is for many.

I hope these numbers torrentfreak has given (doesn't give a source?) aren't taken out of hand causing more silly backlashes to the PC market.
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Tony Johns6 years ago
It is sad to see so many people pirate software that is already avaliable for them to buy on shelves.

I do pay my own $$$$ when it comes to buying games in store and online, but what happens if a game I really REALLY want is only avaliable in Japan like Gal Gun or many other Japanese Visual Novels that are not translated at all, or Japanese only games on devices that are region locked and out of my reach because I come from a PAL territory?

How am I supposed to play games from Japan that are never going to be available to me without at least downloading them online so I could play them?

I understand why most publishers get upset over pirated software, but I would like to see some balance, at least on the Japanese game gamers side where allot of the time we HAVE to download games just to play the games that are not available to us in the market.

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Tony Johns6 years ago
I also feel sorry for people in other countries where they don't have game retailers, if they have to download games for free only because there is no game retailer near their home town, I would wonder how many people who download pirated games for free come from that situation?

Like I said before, I would like to see some more balance in the debate so we can see where the real problems are coming from.

I am not saying that piracy is good, but if so many people are doing it we should be careful not to portray all of them as villians when there may be some real serious social issues that are playing out here that publishers may have not even looked into trying to solve.

I know that game companies rely on money to survive, but if a game can't be made physically available to a person because what they want is not available to them in their country then there is a serious problem with the industry itself.

I know that the games listed here are really well marketed and widely available in almost every retailer, but I know there is a possibility that if most of those numbers are coming from people who have no access to games much less game consoles in their country then there is a real problem with the way how we define what is good and what is bad in regards to game piracy.

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