Activision's Solution to Black Ops Piracy

Activision and Treyarch are poised with a problem right now. Call of Duty: Black Ops has leaked online and gamers will be downloading the title very shortly. Though leaks are nothing new to the industry, when a leak of a AAA title occurs, the publisher and developer quickly try to find the source of the leak and patch it before any harm can be done. Last year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was leaked early and the problem was taken care of with the cooperation of police and private instigators. Currently, Treyarch’s community manager, John Olin, is making an effort to stop the leak but through a means that is less than aggressive: negotiation.

Is this the best means of going about the problem?

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MightyMark4272679d ago

just release the game early.. thats it ><

mrv3212679d ago

Charge the price of the game in DLC :D

ShakeShakeShake2679d ago

a version for Xbox 360 or PC

PotatoClock2679d ago

I don't think bobbys bank account could comprehend that

GoldPS32679d ago

Imagine if Black Ops was PS3 exclusive. Sales will jump over 50m in one day.

XXXRATED2679d ago

I have a solution stop favoring the system that losses you money with piracy and start giving the system that protects your profits a benefit.

DMason2678d ago (Edited 2678d ago )

Only one problem with that solution: Even with piracy on the Xbox, it still manages to almost double the sales of the PS3. There is no way that Bobby Kotick would let that happen, there is way too much money to be lost. Especially with their DLC exclusive deal with Xbox.

MGRogue20172679d ago (Edited 2679d ago )

... Josh Olin is basically saying that he is going to ask the robber for the game back..

lol, what do you think is going to happen?? :D

jack_burt0n2679d ago (Edited 2679d ago )

write a check made out to a random employee of treyarch for $60 send it with a note saying thanks. then pirate it.

tdrules2679d ago

OOO just think Activision.
If you released games when they were ready (a la Blizzard) this wouldn't have happened :D

jdktech20102679d ago

To be fair, if we had too many Blizzard's running around, we would never get new would be yearly game droughts and not month droughts at times

tdrules2679d ago

no you wouldn't you clearly didn't think this through.
if everyone was like Blizzard people would release games throughout the year (mainly because not all games require same time to make, different studio abilities etc), and as publishers don't force developers to release at a time that suits them (sept-nov), no drought whatsoever.
you know Halo Reach was finished in July right?

jdktech20102679d ago

it was a friendly jab at Blizzard (who I love as a developer btw)....I realize it would be a good thing. It's why I enjoy games like Halo and God of War is the time and care put into them.

CryWolf2679d ago

Developers need be Blu-ray only to stop piracy cause none of Sony games have pirated yet and they need to force the PC/360 market to join them or stop making games for those companies.

BillOreilly2679d ago

You can rent games/borrow them and run it onto your hdd with the ps3. Ive even seen ps3 games on the net to download. Bluray wont stop piracy, drm wont stop it selling the game through live and ps store would put a big dent in it.

Gam3s4lif32679d ago

lol this guy needs to check his info

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