Infinity Ward Plagued by Pirating

hacker.jpgWith consoles coming ever closer to reaching the level of graphics quality that formerly only a PC could provide, people have been predicting the demise of hardcore PC gaming. Unfortunately, it looks like gamers may finish the job off themselves. Piracy has become rampant and is taking a huge toll on PC games.

Fourzerotwo, the Community Relations Manager for Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward ran some numbers and was shocked to see just how bad it’s gotten. He recently wrote this on his blog:

On another PC related note, we pulled some disturbing numbers this past week about the amount of PC players currently playing Multiplayer (which was fantastic). What wasn’t fantastic was the percentage of those numbers who were playing on stolen copies of the game on stolen / cracked CD keys of pirated copies (and that was only people playing online).

Not sure if I can share the exact numbers or percentage of PC players with you, but I’ll check and see; if I can I’ll update with them. As the amount of people who pirate PC games is astounding. It blows me away at the amount of people willing to steal games (or anything) simply because it’s not physical or it’s on the safety of the internet to do.

Infinity Ward is not the only company suffering because of software pirating. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the game is an FPS or an MMO expansion, gamers are openly pirating games and posting about it freely. Take for example this discussion on the Infinity Ward blog:

I know all about PC pirating I’m fully aware it’s not exclusive to Crysis. A ton of people myself included had the Burning Crusade client a week before the game came out. Difference was that some people bought it as well and just didn’t want to go through the installation. Hell I have a pirated copy of System SHock 2 just because I don’t feel like paying 100 bucks for a boxed copy now.

I grew up with PC games, and in a lot of ways the industry has learned, grown and matured along with me. It’s a shame to think that PC games may expire before I do.

via FourZeroTwo on BlogSpot

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6 Comments on Infinity Ward Plagued by Pirating

Bryce

On January 17, 2008 at 5:45 pm

wait, they let people play online with bad codes? are they retarded? that just encourages pirating the game. In fact I’m gonna go download to torrent of it right now.
Seriously though, give it a break with the whole death of PC gaming thing. They are still making profits, and thinking that even a small portion of people who do pirate the games would buy them instead if they couldn’t get them for free is crap.

used cisco

On January 17, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Pirating games is lame with a capital douche bag.

?????

On January 18, 2008 at 2:01 am

Can’t you pirate console games?

ManOfTeal

On January 18, 2008 at 8:04 am

I don’t think that gaming in general will come to an end on PC’s. Hardcore gaming maybe, but games will still be made for the PC.

justin

On January 22, 2008 at 10:42 am

i think they’re mad to be letting people play with ‘bad’ serials. its almost like the opposite of the battlefield 2142 issue, where people with legit keys can’t play!

i don’t think pc games will go away anytime soon – no matter what format we find our peecees coming in, whether apple or whoever is making them, there will always be games for the pc.

but as i mentioned in a previous post on another article about this, this sort of copying is really going to stifle innovation that we’ve come to expect from pc titles.

which is too bad for everyone – pc and console alike.

Patrick Doyle

On September 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm

The industry like to paint everyone with the same brush. I have a PC there for I will probably pirate all the game in the world. Not everyone person who owns a PC is a pirate.