Torrent Freak Reports Most Pirated Games of 2009

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Among the many year-end stories file sharing site Torrent Freak tabulated the most pirated games of 2009. Using data from public BitTorrent tracker reports they calculated the total number of times each game had been downloaded. It comes as little surprise to see Modern Warfare 2 take the ignominious top spot with a whopping 4.1 million PC copies downloaded and another 970,000 for the Xbox 360.

That figure indicates potentially staggering growth in PC piracy during 2009. Last year Spore, a game that had been much maligned for its security features, claimed the top at only 1.7 million downloads. Besides Modern Warfare 2 more than doubling up on that figure, all five of the most downloaded games of 2009 (the other four being the Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift, and Street Figher 4) eclipsed that mark. Video games do show significantly less traffic than the movie industry, though. Star Trek clocked in as the most pirated film of 2009 at almost 11 million downloads, barely edging out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at 10.6 million.

The full figures from Torrent Freak follow:

PC Games Downloaded on BitTorrent in 2009

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- 4,100,000
  2. The Sims 3 -- 3,200,000
  3. Prototype -- 2,350,000
  4. Need for Speed Shift -- 2,100,000
  5. Street Fighter 4 -- 1,850,000

Xbox 360 Games Downloaded on BitTorrent in 2009

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- 970,000
  2. Street Figther 4 -- 840,000
  3. Prototype -- 810,000
  4. Dirt 2 -- 790,000
  5. UFC 2009 Undisputed -- 720,000

Wii Games Downloaded on BitTorrent in 2009

  1. New Super Mario Bros. -- 1,150,000
  2. Punch-Out! -- 950,000
  3. Wii Sports Resort -- 920,000
  4. The House of the Dead: Overkill -- 860,000
  5. Mario Power Tennis -- 830,000
From The Chatty
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    December 29, 2009 3:32 PM

    Each of these pirates would buy the game or DVD at full price if they couldn't pirate it. The lost revenues are simply tremendous!

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      December 29, 2009 3:39 PM

      lol, that's sort of a moot point. Seeing as how all multimedia will always be piratabe/hackable.

      Why even mention this?

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      December 29, 2009 3:41 PM

      because that's totally what this article was about. Way to be relevant and topical.

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      December 29, 2009 3:43 PM

      nice to see that i didn't have to look far when i was wondering what retard was going to be the first to post something like this

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        December 29, 2009 3:48 PM

        I think he's joking, folks.

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        December 29, 2009 3:48 PM

        Sarcasm, hard to detect through the internets.

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          December 29, 2009 3:51 PM

          Only to some people. And by people I mean self-diagnosed aspies.

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            December 29, 2009 3:54 PM

            oh jesus fucking christ. the sarcasm is obvious. his intent behind posting it is what's retarded.

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              December 29, 2009 3:59 PM

              His intent of making a joke? The head explosion came on your end.

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          December 30, 2009 5:14 AM

          And in some cases (such as this one), it's incredibly easy to detect and blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer.

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      December 30, 2009 4:29 AM

      Is this double sarcasm? Confused. If they couldn't pirate, I've no doubt some of those guys would have to buy it, simple as that. Any excuse otherwise is trying too hard.

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