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The 2011 list of most pirated video games

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jan 2012 16:48 User comments (7)

The 2011 list of most pirated video games As is their annual tradition, TorrentFreak has revealed the top 10 most pirated video games for the year.
The list is accurate as of December 30th and the site has listed for most the major platforms including PC, Xbox 360 and Wii. PS3 downloads are so low they were not worth noting.

For the PC, Crysis 2 topped the list, mainly because it was released early in the year and had a pre-release leak. For the Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 unsurprisingly took the top spot. In the same vein, Super Mario Galaxy 2 took the title for the Nintendo Wii.

One month before its launch, an unfinished copy of Crysis 2 hit the web, leading to an early boost in piracy. TF says the real numbers began when the full version hit in March.

As is standard, PC games are the most pirated, as they are the easiest to do so and do not require any kind of modded console or other special requirements. The lists are composed from all public BitTorrent trackers and "other sources." It is unclear if TF uses P2P, newsgroups, private tracker or cyberlocker numbers, which would all be very hard to gauge.

PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011 (Game, total downloads, release date):


1 Crysis 2 (3,920,000) (Mar. 2011)
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000) (Nov. 2011)
3 Battlefield 3 (3,510,000) (Oct. 2011)
4 FIFA 12 (3,390,000) (Sept. 2011)
5 Portal 2 (3,240,000) (Apr. 2011)


Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011 (Game, total downloads, release date):


1 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000) (May. 2010)
2 Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000) (Feb. 2011)
3 Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000) (Aug. 2011 EU)
4 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000) (May. 2011)
5 FIFA 12 (860,000) (Sept. 2011)


Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011 (Game, total downloads, release date):


1 Gears of War 3 (890,000) (Sep. 2011)
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000) (Nov. 2011)
3 Battlefield 3 (760,000) (Oct. 2011)
4 Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000) (Oct. 2011)
5 Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000) (Oct. 2011)

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7 user comments

11.1.2012 22:50

It seems that once again, the most pirated games made the most money. I am a bit amazed Skyrim didn't make the list...but then it hasn't been out as long as some of those other titles.



22.1.2012 4:04

I'm surprised that Wii has more piracy than XBOX360.

32.1.2012 8:17
joetimelord
Unverified new user

Why is it that I feel that Xenoblade Chronicles's place on this list is entirely Reggie Fils-Aimes's fault?

42.1.2012 20:48

I may be an avid game pirate...but I will never in my life pirate a Bethesda game. No DRM + Ubisoft not coming within a mile of the production team means I'm $60 poorer...hopefully this is the case with most people. Glad to not see ANY Bethesda games on the list.

53.1.2012 0:29
miracleman
Unverified new user

So ps3 no pirate.............sony wining lol

63.1.2012 1:15

i got offered one of the call of duty games on a usb drive i said no.no point in having a online multiplayer game if you cant play multiplayer.thats like buying a sports car that been fitted so it cant go over 60kmph.


custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

75.1.2012 18:09

ps3 you can pirate some games. just not all games. probably why they did not bother with a list.

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