January 5th, 2011
Of the three most-pirated platforms, pirated PC games were shared on the black market at more than tripple the rate of Wii and Xbox 360 games, according to torrent tracker TorrentFreak.
Below are the most pirated PC games of 2010:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (4,270,000 downloads)
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (3,960,000)
- Mafia 2 (3,550,000)
- Mass Effect 2 (3,240,000)
- Starcraft II (3,120,000)
Since torrents are sourced on computers, it's no surprise that PC files account for the majority of total game piracy. But that hasn't stopped publishers from committing more resources to PC gaming, as evidenced by last year's increased support.
In fact, Ubisoft this week announced that it will no longer use the controversial "constant connection" DRM system for its games, opting instead for Steam-like validation at session start-up, this despite the ongoing piracy.
That said, it's interesting to note how quickly and fervently Black Ops was pirated, given that it had less than two months of availability before claiming the infamous honor.