Dissidia: Final Fantasy Downloaded Illegally Over 5 Million Times

CESA, short for Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, has been tracking illegal downloads of top selling handheld games. Out of all the titles – DS and PSP – Dissidia: Final Fantasy was downloaded the most.

According to their data, the PSP game was downloaded 5,281,223 times. CESA estimates a loss of 30,631,093,400 yen ($335 million) in sales. The dollar amount is questionable due to used game sales, price drops, and people who would never have purchased Dissidia anyway. In spite of those factors that number is still staggering.

[More PSP piracy figures at the link]

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seij5553106d ago

And people get on Sony's ass when they remove OtherOS to prevent piracy like this. 350 million dollar loss for a game, holy shit!

Optical_Matrix3106d ago

Exactly. I don't know why Sony is getting sued. If goons are going to exploit hardware this is exactly what happens. For the good of the industry, things like OtherOS removal should be more common. I HATE piracy

Nugundam00793106d ago (Edited 3106d ago )

Get off your soap box-There is no way that you have NOT stolen anything in your life.

Da One3106d ago

stop trying to use it as an excuse please.

hay3106d ago

I estimate there's around 1-2 mil actual damage in sales, with average price of 30usd that's still around 60mil... That's huge...

deafwing3106d ago

no wonder they can't make a buck ...

AC130-Gunship3106d ago (Edited 3106d ago )

Bestbuy's version exclusively came with a calendar pack for 2009-2010 (7mos still left in 2010). The graphics on calendar cards are awesome, also there is case that doubles as stand to display your cards (4x8). Dissidia was regularly priced at around $45.00 for PSP at Bestbuy. I was there to get Demon's Souls but couldn't pass up $20.00 for Dissidia.

However, illegal downloading does put the OtherOS controversy into some perspective.

Noctis Aftermath3106d ago

Even though the numbers are bogus, no doubt they still lost a lot of sales, i hope that there will be more piracy prevention mechanics in place for the PSP2(as long as they don't place to many restrictions).

Brickedsoles3106d ago

Pirates wouldnt have bought the game anyways.

Eamon3106d ago

sigh, yet more propaganda by a huge cooportation.

Remember, this was just simply the number of times downloaded. That doesn't show the exact number lost.

Because a huge majority of the downloaders would not have bought the game anyway.

asyouburn3106d ago

then you shouldn't "play it anyway".

kratos1233106d ago

wow you trully are a idiote
if they didnt have any interest in the game why download it
support the makers be buying the game instead of stealing it

evrfighter3106d ago (Edited 3106d ago )

it's funny how Sony sees these downloads as lost sales. 90% of those downloaders would have never bought the game ever.

it would be some good pocket change if they figured in the other 10% however. just not as much as they're thinking.

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dizzleK3106d ago (Edited 3106d ago )

and metal gear, resident evil, etc will sadly meet the same fate.

"people who wouldn't buy it anyway". maybe i'm silly but i wouldn't waste the bandwidth on games i don't care about. if they're interested enough to dl it they're obviously interested in it. cheap f*cks who can't even spring $5 for a rental.

ChronoJoe3106d ago

It is mostly people who wouldn't buy it anyway, or at least not new. Sorry to break that to you. Plus a lot of piracy comes from locations where they don't even get PSN services or retailers.

As well as people who run it within PSP emulators, rather than the system itself, thereby requiring the ISO. Either way, they wouldn't buy it anyway.

IrishAssa3106d ago

I did buy this game but I have pirated a few games that I wouldn't buy.

jc485733106d ago

understand why companies seldom to develop games for the psp. Games are expensive though, so you really can't blame entirely on piracy. I missed the days when games used to be 50 bucks a piece, which also means that you will be seeing some games being sold for 40,30,20 and even 10. I seriously don't believe that portable games should cost more than 30.

asyouburn3106d ago

but i've never stolen one. gaming is a fun habit, but if you cant afford it, GTFO, regardless of how much you as an individual think it should cost.

Rocket Sauce3106d ago (Edited 3106d ago )

I bet you'd steal a few Rolexes if they were as easy to steal as PSP games.

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