One of the most heavily pirated games of 2011 was, rather predictably, the newest Call of Duty game. Based off of statistics from torrent sites Modern Warfare 3 was downloaded illegally over 3 million times, and this was just in the few months between its release and the end of the year. Using math borrowed from the RIAA and MPAA, that means Activision Blizzard directly lost over, and this is a rough estimate, 60 billion double dollars.
This is something that supporters of draconian copyright enforcement laws and the further encroachment of Big Daddy America on the international internet point to as a reason we need all these absolutely terrible initialisms that look to try and turn the world into even more of a corporate dystopia than it already is. “Every downloaded game is a lost sale” they say, “each of these pirates would be a paying customer otherwise” they say, “burn all the poor people for fuel so the temperature never drops below 70 in gated communities” they say.