Games Are Not What People Pirate The Most

As we all know today, the Internet is extremely easy to find pirated stuff, especially through the so famous 'torrents'. A report by TorrentFreak conducted a study to know which game platform is the favorite of hackers.

Studies revealed that the most pirated platform is PC with a large distance from other platforms, in any case is followed by the PSP and then the Wii.

With the entry of the new generation gaming platforms PS3 and Xbox 360, piracy has become more difficult. Because of this there are still several torrents of games for the PS1 and PS2. The following data will reveal a list of the most pirated platforms.

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Xander7562887d ago

Yeah this was obvious. Less than 1% of all bandwidth used online is used by people playing video games. Gaming still isn't that big when you compare it to other entertainment.

PlayerX2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

The Games industry is bigger than Movies and Music industries.

neo8812886d ago

yes but alot of people dont want to wait for a game thats 12Gigs to download on spotty torents its easier to download a movie thats 2-3 gigs in size than something 10-20 gigs

MAJ0R2886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

its not how big the video game industry is, but how easy an fast it is to download a movie while a game takes a long time and you have to use cracks and wont get the most up to date game + with steam I don't know who would still pirate games unless your really poor

FarEastOrient2886d ago

Of course it's video, all that porn comes off and on the internet some how...

RageAgainstTheMShine2886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

Nice stats & numbers!

Its funny how the Xbox is last .... does this mean that not to many people really own a 360 compared to the PC, PSP, Wii, DS and PS2 on an world wide level?

Like what EA CEO says, is this also an indication that the 360 really lacks the appeal like its competitors posses even if the games are for free?

Even the pirates tell the truth :D

Yi-Long2886d ago

... maybe the 360 is last because it's gamers feel it's offering enough value and quality for money!?

I COULD mod my 360 and download all the games, but why would I!? I like my 360 as it is, the online is good (but too expensive), and games are often bargain-priced within a few months, so that isn't really a reason for me to download them.

I AM considering to mod my PS3. Not because the games are too expensive, but because of how SCEE generally treats us European customers.

Not just the expensive hardware (DS3 is 60 EURO here, which is just absolutely crazy), or the lack in variety of it (still no white PS3 here in Europe), or the extremely poor PSN...

...but also just lots of poor marketing decisions, like Uncharted 2 not getting a GOTY release here in Europe with all the DLC included, and no proper LBP2 CE getting released here!

It all just adds up, and it just makes me not want to support a company that isn't handling in my best interest as a consumer.

If they are constantly trying to screw me over, compared to consumers in other parts of the world... why would I be loyal to them?

SCEE should really do better for it's customers. We pay the most and pretty much get the least.

RockmanII72886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

I don't want to be 'that guy', but xbox is probably last because of the games. The majority of Xbox exclusives are console exclusive so for a game like Mass Effect 2 when someone can go either PC or 360 they probably go PC. That and the 360's biggest exclusive series, Halo, focuses on Multiplayer and I'm pretty sure if you pirate a copy of Reach you will get caught if you go on XBL so most people don't do that.

@Yi-Long You Mad, Bro?

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feelintheflow2886d ago

Or, people get netflix and rip and burn copies of all the movies they get.

Balt 2887d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

I never understood stealing anything in digital form. You steal one or two things, fine. Whatever. But when you start to build huge libraries of just stuff -- You never get to enjoy them. You are overwhelmed by the choice that it's much too daunting to even jump into any one thing you've just stolen. It's stupid.

Where as, when you buy something, you have the pleasure of playing through something or listening to something or watching something you went out of your way to obtain. Something you'll give an honest shot because you spent your own money on it.

Stealing media is an absurd space killer and time waster. It is pointless and only people with Kleptic or compulsive disorders would find redeemable.

TANUKI2886d ago

Believe it or not, this can be considered a "hoarding" issue. Just like people hoard "useful junk", I know people who just keep downloading [random] stuff. Heck, some of them even have multiple external harddrives just full of digital stuff.

Yi-Long2886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

... and now the ability to check out stuff if you really like it or not.

It used to be simple. We had the movies, TV, the radio, and occasionally when we really liked a certain movie or band, we'd buy a VHS or a CD.

Right now, there is just so much more. There are so many more songs, so many more great movies from all around the world, so many more cartoons and anime, so many more games of all kinds of different platforms, so many TV-series, etc etc.

And we have the internet and the choice to not be dependent on broadcasting-schedules.

I live in Holland. If I want to watch Dexter, I'll have to wait 2 years before it's shown here on TV. Or I can download it in 15 minutes and watch it the very next day after it was shown in the USA.

If I want to watch anime, I COULD wait for a western publisher to pick it up, or a tV station to broadcast it, but that will take years and I'd probably be stuck with a western dub that I don't want and which would ruin the show for me. Or I could just download it.

If I want to watch Colbert, I can either go to the official site and I'll have to sit through some horrible comemrcials you can't skip through, or I can BT them in 5 minutes and enjoy them without the crap.

So, as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing wrong with being able to download stuff and 'sample' it.

If I love Dexter, I will most likely one day buy it on BR. If I live a certain anime-series, I'll probably buy it on BR. Not everyone will do that, ofcourse, but I do, and many more people do as well, as statistics have shown over and over again: people who are regular downloaders also spend more on their 'entertainment'.

I'm not 'pro-piracy', but I'm certainly not against it either.

I feel a good product will always sell (unless they fuck up the marketing or whatever), and piracy would rather BENEFIT it, instead of harming it. However, if it's a hyped up BAD product, ofcourse piracy will damage it. People can check it out for free and find out it isn't as good as they expected it to be, and will choose to not purchase it.

neo8812886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

I only do it for rare stuff for example Halo for Mac is Darn near Imposible to find a legit copy of i browsed on amazon it was 80 bucks for the cheapest and ebay its going for 100+ easily

Thecraft19892886d ago (Edited 2886d ago )

This is stupid results again torrents only small percentage of piracy these days most people use file hosting sites like megaupload or hot file media fire ect its especially popular for bigger files.