Call of Duty: Black Ops Nabs 'Most Pirated Game of 2010' Distinction

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Not only is Call of Duty: Black Ops one of the fastest selling video games of all time, racking up more than a billion dollars in sales in 2010, it's also impressively enough one of the most illegally downloaded.

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According to a report from BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak, the PC version of Black Ops has been pirated an impressive 4.2 million times. The newest Call of Duty bested Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (3.96 million downloads), Mafia II and Mass Effect 2 to take home the most-stolen crown.

Thieves who own an Xbox 360 did their share in Black Ops stealing, downloading that console version 930,000 times, according to TorrentFreak's numbers. Dante's Inferno wound up being the most downloaded Xbox 360 game, with Super Mario Galaxy 2 sitting atop the most pirated list on for Wii owners. Congratulations all around!

More impressive numbers at TorrentFreak.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Most Pirated Game of 2010 [TorrentFreak]

DISCUSSION

SacredByte
SacredByte

Seriously? "bested Battlefield: Bad Company 2...Mass Effect 2 to take home the most-stolen crown"

Piracy =/= theft.

Let's ignore the philosophocial discussion over whether or not it's right; this isn't the place for it. However, while digital piracy may be an infringement of someone's intellectual property rights, that doesn't make it THEFT.

Also, to conclude that every download is a lost sale is simply laughable; There are generally two classes of people who download, those who later buy (or already purchased) and those who never would have purchased either way. Neither is a lost sale, and the former is potentially a sale gained through piracy.

Don't believe me? Of the two items in my first quote, I pre-ordered BC2 through STEAM, and when I saw it hit the torrent sites a day or two before the game's release date, I dl'd it so that I could play the SP campaign. At that point, I already had a license for the game, and had it downloaded and installed, but the DRM wouldn't let me play it....