Spore most pirated game ever

EA Maxis' title breaks past the 1.7 million illegal downloads barrier to top the piracy chart

EA's Spore has broken all previous records to become the most pirated game ever, with over 500,000 pirated copies being downloaded within the first ten days of the title's release.

Since its release in September, the Sim-everything title has been downloaded 1.7 million times, according to research done by Torrentfreak.

Spore sparked consumer outrage with its implementation of restrictive SecuROM DRM. The system limited consumers to a maximum of three installations before being required to call a customer service number for approval for additional installs.

However, Spore went on to be a commercial success topping the PC charts with around 1 million units sold in its first month.

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George Williams Senior Community Manager (boxed products), Codemasters13 years ago
It's a good guess that many people pirate the game to try it out first. If they like it, they will probably end up buying it. So is this a case of 1 million sales lost? Or gained? I think gained.
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network13 years ago
I'm sure *some* people pirate it to see if they like it and then buy it if they do... but I bet it's more like 10% than 100%!
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George Williams Senior Community Manager (boxed products), Codemasters13 years ago
Either way, there isnt proof to support both sides of the arguements. Spore still managed solid sales, which kind of weakens the arguement that pirating is damaging the industry to the extent that some are making out
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Alexander Cederholm Editor-in-Chief, GAMEcore.se13 years ago
It's still no good. Damaging or not, it should not exist at all. This is a huge number but it's probably high because it's a Maxis game in the same way the Sims 2 is huge franchise and therefor alot of people want it.... for free.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.13 years ago
George, isn't that the point of free demo's?
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Considering the strong reaction of the public when they found Spore' DRM was so restrictive, I also guess part (most?) of the people who downloaded it did so just to show EA that DRM doesn't actually combat piracy, at all.
The game had one of the most restrictives DRM implementation and it turned out to be the most downloaded game of 2008...
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