Spore was easily the most pirated game of 2008 according to TorrentFreak, beating the competition soundly.
TorrentFreak has posted a list (via Kotaku
) of the top ten games which were copied and shared over BiTorrent alone this year and if you're one of those piracy-deniers who thinks the number of pirates can't be all that big then the figures below make for some interesting reading.
Interestingly, the number one torrent title of this year is Spore
- a game which drew much criticism for having invasive DRM and copy-protection systems.
isn't the only Electronic Arts game to make the top ten either - The Sims 2
and Command and Conquer 3: Red Alert
have ensured that only one game in the top five is not published by EA.
(1,700,000, released Sept. 2008)
2. The Sims 2
(1,150,000, Sept. 2004)
3. Assassins Creed
(1,070,000, Nov. 2007)
(940,000, Nov. 2007)
5. Command & Conquer 3
(860,000, March 2007)
6. Call of Duty 4
(830,000, Nov. 2007)
7. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(740,000, June 2005)
8. Fallout 3
(645,000, Oct. 2008)
9. Far Cry 2
(585,000, Oct. 2008)
10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
(470,000, Oct. 2008)
TorrentFreak is again taking these results only from BitTorrent and claims that it's trimmed out all the malicious and bot-generated results to come up with an accurate figure.
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