Piracy News


Peter Moore: Suing PC Pirates Not the Answer, 'It Didn't Work for the Music Industry'

By Nick Breckon, Aug 21, 2008 8:03pm PDT

Following the announcement that several game companies are filing suit against PC video game pirates, former Microsoft VP and current EA Sports...


"So you're suggesting that we go on doing nothing about piracy while it's cost just about every ..."

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id: PC Manufacturers See Piracy as 'Hidden Benefit'

By Chris Faylor, Aug 21, 2008 8:08am PDT

While acclaimed studios such as Doom creator id, Unreal Tournament developer Epic and Crysis veterans Crytek have cited widespread piracy of PC...


"Once again, Hollenshead, the FAILED CEO of id, IS TALKING COMPLETE BS, making up his own FALSE ..."

- levente@speakeasy.net see all 242 comments

Court Orders Pirate to Reimburse Developer $30,000

By Aaron Linde, Aug 19, 2008 11:54am PDT

London's Patents County Court has ordered an unidentified woman to pay nearly $30,000 in fines to Topware Interactive for illegally sharing one of...


"They don't seem to be encouraging it, though. People are still pirating as much as ever despite ..."

- nudel see all 27 comments

Capcom Blames Piracy for Poor DMC4 PC Sales

By Aaron Linde, Aug 01, 2008 8:00pm PDT

Capcom corporate officer Christian Svensson revealed that the PC edition of the company's demon-slaying action title Devil May Cry 4 (PC, PS3, 360)...


"The reason customer service gets more calls from the illegal users, is because the pirated copy ..."

- ElArabDeMagnifico see all 717 comments

Nintendo Joins 54 Companies in DS Piracy Battle

By Aaron Linde, Jul 29, 2008 9:36am PDT

Nintendo and 54 developers and publishers have filed suit in the Tokyo District Court to block the marketing, sales and importation of DS flash...


"You are comparing a body part that everyone is born with to an unauthorized accessory for a ..."

- jarek99 see all 60 comments

Proposed Anti-Piracy Laws Could Ban Suspected European Pirates from Internet Access

By Aaron Linde, Jul 07, 2008 8:00pm PDT

A series of anti-piracy proposals in consideration by the European Union could result in internet users being permanently banned from the web if...


"i'm going to wake up tomorrow, and all of this excitement will mean nothing. the world isn't ..."

- Zolneirz see all 131 comments

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...


"BTW isn't it interesting how Diablo 2 just topped sales on Amazon's Game list. geee. what a ..."

- MAbans see all 217 comments

Atari Sues over Negative Alone in the Dark Review, Accuses Reviewer of Piracy (Updated)

By Aaron Linde, Jun 20, 2008 3:03pm PDT

Update: Gamer.nl staffer Erwin Bergervoet has informed Shacknews that Atari also asked the Dutch gaming site to pull its 5/10 review of Alone in...


"I always thought that embargos were only enforceable until they were irrevocably broken. Kind ..."

- BingusLargus see all 89 comments

$1 Billion in MMO Revenue Found 'Under a Rock,' PCGA President Explains Goal of Coalition

By Aaron Linde, Jun 16, 2008 8:00pm PDT

PC Gaming Alliance president and Intel gaming program director Randy Stude offered commentary on the health of the PC gaming industry, expressing...


"Purchasing Power Parity. I have pointed this out in previous comments. Google it."

- 69gooch69 see all 35 comments

Encryption Chip Will End Piracy, Says Atari Founder

By Aaron Linde, May 23, 2008 1:57pm PDT

At yesterday's Wedbush Morgan Securities conference, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell claimed that a stealth encryption chip will "absolutely stop...


"I say stop trying to enforce anti piracy and let people copy your games. One of the reasons I ..."

- matrixneo42 see all 174 comments

Electronic Arts Responds to Copy Protection Outcry, Removes 10-day SecuROM Check for the Troops

By Nick Breckon, May 09, 2008 12:45pm PDT

BioWare producer Derek French recently caused an uproar after announcing that copy protection on the PC editions of Mass Effect and Spore would...


"False. I can install Win95 on a box, and run said game. I *could* solve my problems with Jane's ..."

- AxeMan808 see all 137 comments

Nvidia VP: No Justification for PC Piracy

By Aaron Linde, May 08, 2008 4:00pm PDT

Nvidia content relations VP Roy Taylor said that PC gaming has moved beyond reasonable justification for pirating PC games. The executive...


"Uh, no. We don't pay more for games in Australia because we have better standards of living than ..."

- Arceihn see all 171 comments

Spore, Mass Effect PC to Require Online Validation Every Ten Days to Function

By Nick Breckon, May 06, 2008 1:28pm PDT

Update: Electronic Arts has relented to the pressure. Original story: BioWare technical producer Derek French has said that the PC versions of...


"cease to function... UNTIL it can go online to revalidate. FFS, read up on their clearifications."

- SilverSnake see all 592 comments

Crysis Developer Moving Away from PC Exclusives; Cites Piracy as 'Core Problem of PC Gaming'

By Chris Faylor, Apr 30, 2008 7:32am PDT

Crysis and Far Cry creator Crytek has revealed its intent to focus more on consoles and move away from creating PC-exclusive titles due to the...


"Retarded fight? You're a moron! I care because I believe that old saying "you pay for what you ..."

- SerratedDrums see all 334 comments

THQ Exec Rails on PC Pirates, Hardware Makers, You

By Aaron Linde, Mar 03, 2008 3:37pm PST

Prompted by the closure of Titan Quest developer Iron Lore last week, THQ creative director Michael Fitch ranted on the state of PC gaming and...


"Maybe there is no long-term solution for all this. PC developers aren't gonna make any money ..."

- JimRune see all 521 comments