PCGA: PC piracy is declining

Written by Joe Martin

February 21, 2011 // 11:01 a.m.

Tags: #crysis-2 #crysis-2-leak #game-piracy #pcga #pc-gaming-alliance #pcga-pc-piracy-is-declining #piracy

In the wake of Crysis 2 having been leaked online, the PC Gaming Alliance - a trade body formed of several influential companies - has said that PC piracy is on the decline.

Speaking to Gamasutra, PCGA president Matt Ployhar theorised that a change in business model was driving piracy rates down.

'What's really interesting is piracy was largely, historically rampant when you had an optical drive or a piece of physical media. And people would go and download the crack for it,' said Ployhar.

'The only PC gaming business models that existed and continued to thrive and that could continue to live were MMOs. They did really well. And then there are free to play games. You can't really pirate free to play. You can but it doesn't make a lot of sense.'

'So, what's happening is game design is shifting and as a result of shifting game design, piracy, at least on the PC side, is actually declining as a result. There are stats that do corroborate that.'

'I'm not saying that piracy is going to go away. It's fascinating to watch. For example, you get a game like Crysis that got hit hard by piracy. Now what you're seeing to combat that are developers implementing achievements, in-game pets, all of these things that are tracked and stored in the cloud. So even if you pirate the game you're still not getting the bragging rights. You've got all these additional mechanisms where the value proposition of the game, where if you pirate it, it's just not going to be as fun.'

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