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
- 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)
Top Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000)
- Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000)
- Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000)
- Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000)
- FIFA 12 (860,000)
Top Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011
- Gears of War 3 (890,000)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000)
- Battlefield 3 (760,000)
- Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000)
- 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.