CD Projekt: The Witcher 2 Was Pirated At Least 4.5 Million Times
The folks at CD Project have done some calculatin’, and they’ve come up with some sort of ballpark figure for the number of times their newest game, The Witcher 2, was downloaded illegally. Take it away, Marcin Iwinski (speaking to PC Gamer):
I was checking regularly the number of concurrent downloads on torrent aggregating sites, and for the first six to eight weeks there was around 20-30k people downloading it at the same time. Let’s take 20k as the average and let’s take six weeks. The game is 14GB, so let’s assume that on an average not-too-fast connection it will be six hours of download. Six weeks is 56 days, which equals to 1344 hours; and with six hours of average download time to get the game it would give us 224 downloads, then let’s multiply it by 20k simultaneous downloaders.
The result is roughly 4.5 million illegal downloads. This is only an estimation, and I would say that’s rather on the optimistic side of things; as of today we have sold over one million legal copies, so having only 4.5-5 illegal copies for each legal one would be not a bad ratio. The reality is probably way worse.
Yeah, that’s not exactly the most scientific way to figure this out, so it’s probably a lot worse. Still, they aren’t too angry about this for whatever reason, and they still don’t like DRM even knowing that their game has been pirated a lot.
However you would protect it, (your game) will be cracked in no time. Plus, the DRM itself is a pain for your legal gamers – this group of honest people, who decided that your game was worth the 50 USD or Euro and went and bought it. Why would you want to make their lives more difficult?
Well, that’s cool. As a paying customer, I do appreciate that the game doesn’t have DRM. Thanks, guys.