Gather ’round, merry men, for now is the time when we look back at the year’s most pirated video games. Specifically, we’re looking at the most pirated PC games, according to data compiled by TorrentFreak.
And they are:
10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
9. Far Cry 2
8. Fallout 3
7. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
6. Call of Duty 4
5. Command and Conquer 3
3. Assassin’s Creed
2. The Sims 2
Keep in mind that this list only includes BitTorrent downloads, and doesn’t take into account the old guard who still get all their stuff from Usenet. That said, TorrentFreak did use some fancy computational methods, even including data from private, invite-only sites, to figure out the ranking. So bravo to those guys.
That Spore is the most downloaded game of the year isn’t exactly surprising. For one, the game was hyped to pieces, so there was always gonna be a throng of people downloading it. Then you take into account the whole DRM debacle—people downloading the game using BitTorrent despite the fact that they already bought and paid for it, people “protest downloading” merely to stick it to the man (EA), etc.—and you can totally see the game being the most pirated of the year.
My guess for most pirated console game is Grand Theft Auto IV. Not that I have any proof, mind you, but can you name a bigger console game this year?