The Top Pirated Games of 2011

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TorrentFreak has released the statistics for the most pirated games of this year, and the numbers are astronomical.

Gears of War 3 lead the Xbox 360 charts at over 800,000 pirated units and Super Mario Galaxy 2 topped the list for the Wii at over 1,000,000. Unfortunately, no PS3 numbers were released.

The most cringe-worthy of all these statistics, however, is that of the PC, where the top 5 games were all illegally downloaded over three million times, with the number one contender, Crysis 2, topping out at just under a staggering four million copies.

The following are the lists of the top 5 most pirated games for the PC, Wii, and Xbox 360 platforms, according to BitTorrent alone:

Top PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000)
  3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000)
  4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000)
  5. Portal 2 (3,240,000)

Top Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000)
  2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000)
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000)
  4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000)
  5. FIFA 12 (860,000)

Top Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Gears of War 3 (890,000)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000)
  3. Battlefield 3 (760,000)
  4. Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000)
  5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000)

This my friends, is the main reason that many developers don’t want to develop for the PC. Sure, the Wii and Xbox 360 have reported extensive amounts of pirating, but it’s incomparable to what’s happening on the platform that mouse and keyboard gamers call home.

While we’re seeing reactions to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) more and more each day, it’s still a bit of “salt in the wound” to receive the list of the most stolen games of the year, each and every year.

[via TorrentFreak]

  1. The main reason developers don’t develop exclusively PC as much is what do you think te bigger market is: high end pcs or casual easy to buy consoles?

  2. So… Wheres PS3?

  3. So you think that if SOPA were enacted, those developers and game creators would make more money? That SOPA would not infringe on EVERYONES rights, not just the ‘pirates of games’? I guess every problem is a nail in your understanding, and rather than look at what SOPA would do to the country, you would rather think that it would prevent Games from being copied and distributed because the Government passed a SPECIFIC law?
    Scary. Truly scary.

    • If you’re referring to me as the author of the post, then let me answer your questions in order.


      SOPA will certainly affect more than just the pirates it so desperately wishes to extinguish, of course.

      But, this is a gaming blog, and as such, we tend to write about video game related news and events. Given that role, we write what people want to read about on a video game blog, that being how this law will affect the gaming industry and how our games are delivered.

      If you want the global and economic outlook of what SOPA will do to our country and government, then you should probably be looking for a blog that’s a notch higher on the political scale.

      But, can you imagine if we DID talk about politics more? I don’t even want to think about it.
      Scary. Truly scary.

  4. A pirated game does not always equal a lost sale, but a pirated game can often lead to a sale.

  5. How many of those downloads were by people who already own or have bought a copy of the game since?

  6. Well, if you’re going to make a good game for the PC, make it free, so no one has any reason to pirate it! It will clear the internet of PC pirating sites, just a bit :P

    • Shame that basically everything that you do is aiming for a certain benefit. For video games to be made, you need money. For more video games to be made, you need more money. It’s business, and sadly most companies aim to try and make the best products in order to make the most money.

      There are probably more exceptions, but the only one that comes to mind is free DLC for Portal 2. A few more missions and challenges compared to Activision’s Call of Duty, where you play on 5 old maps and have to pay $15 for each of them.

  7. >Crysis 2 (3,920,000)
    >Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000)
    >Battlefield 3 (3,510,000)
    >FIFA 12 (3,390,000)
    >Portal 2 (3,240,000)

    And nothing of value was lost. Just FPS trash and sports “games”.

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