Crytek CEO Estimates 20 PC Game Pirates for Every One Legitimate Buyer

By Aaron Linde, Jun 27, 2008 1:31pm PDT Crytek chief executive Cevat Yerli offered an assessment of piracy within the PC gaming industry, describing the market as "the most intensely pirated market ever."

"It's crazy how the ratio between sales to piracy is probably 1 to 15 to 1 to 20 right now," Yerli told IGN. "For one sale there are 15 to 20 pirates and pirate versions, and that's a big shame for the PC industry."

Yerli added that he hoped to see some change with the release of Crytek's upcoming shooter follow-up Crysis Warhead. When asked if the game would include anti-piracy measures similar to Electronic Arts' activation protocols in the PC edition of BioWare's Mass Effect, the CEO didn't directly specify but hinted at some new ideas.

"Effectively, if the game isn't an online game or multiplayer game—there are challenges regardless of what you do—the game can be cracked. The effort is to make it more difficult to crack, and certainly we're going to make it more difficult this time with Warhead."

Echoing previous reports that Crysis Warhead would be Crytek's last PC-exclusive title, Yerli added that rampant piracy may lead to "less and less games appearing on the PC, or less and less games pushing the boundaries of PC gaming."

"I think our message is if you're a PC gamer, and you really want to respect the platform, then you should stop pirating... We would only consider full PC exclusives—if the situation continues like this or gets worse—I think we would only consider PC exclusive titles that are either online or multiplayer and no more single-player."

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  • I think people here need to give the developers a bit more credit. There's nothing wrong expecting decent system requirements, but loosing millions of dollars due to pirates isn't "whining." Its inidcative of a serious problem in the industry.

    There was a tremendous amount of hype sorrounding crysis and it should have sold better. Contrary to popular belief, crysis doesn't require a super computer to run, and I dont see how this could affect sales. If you can't run a game, how could accquiring it illegal change that fact?

    The system requirements made it clear that the games doesn't need vista or a $500 DX10 card. That said, in my opinion, its unreasonable to expect amazing graphics from a 4 year old card.

    Crysis is not a bad game. Just because it has awesome graphics, doesn't mean the gameplay is terrible. I actually own it myself and I think its great. Its actually gotten some pretty good scores across the board.

    People who are claiming that crytek pulled stats out of nowhere are in denial about problems that the pc faces. PC simply aren't the most popular gaming platform. Thre is a good reason for that. I love how people think they know more about piracy yhtan the actual developer.

    Don't get me wrong, the PC is my favorite platform hands down, I just think people need to accept the problems that it currently aces instead of denying them.