Top 10 Most Pirated Games of 2011

TorrentFreak has released a list of the most pirated games of 2011 across the PC, X-Box 360 and Wii. Despite Gabe Newell previously stating that piracy was a “non-issue,” Portal 2 landed itself on the list.

For the PC, Crysis 2 topped the chart, with MW3 coming in a close second, given its comparatively late release in the year. MW3 continued to be the bridesmaid and not the bride on the X-Box 360, with Gears of War 3 clinching the number one spot. As for the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Sports Mix were the most pirated games.

Top PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000 downloads)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000)
  3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000)
  4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000)
  5. Portal 2 (3,240,000)

Top Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000 downloads)
  2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000)
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000)
  4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000)
  5. FIFA 12 (860,000)

Top Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

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

Great. More statistics that developers can throw at PC gamers as an excuse to neglect them.

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7 Comments on Top 10 Most Pirated Games of 2011


On January 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Piracy is a plague, I agree…however:
1) I did in fact “borrow” portal 2, and I really enjoyed I purchased it.
2) I won’t pirate anything that allows multiplayer because you cannot do multiplayer on pirated games
3) Any game I grabbed and enjoyed, I do purchase when there is a discount

I have no clue why a store purchased game is the same price as a online game. there is no packaging, distribution lines, no big trucks dropping off copys with expensive artwork printed boxes and books, etc…it is a infinate digital pushing of packets to whomever…

If gaming companies decided to release a game that was say 25% less for online sales, I would be inclined to purchase that verses full price for far less.

So, it would be interesting to do a survey on how many game purchases (for PC, because console pirates never properly purchase)lead to a sale that otherwise would not have been made
I know I have “borrowed” games I never had even a moments consideration of buying simply to try out (hello Dragon Age) and been surprised enough to actually shell out the money. I believe in rewarding good games, and stiffing lazy companies that destroy games for profit only (hello Dragon Age 2).

I am of the opinion that console piracy is far worse..because there is no incentive for the lazy casual gamer to purchase it legit afterwards, and they go through such trouble that they purposefully target games they want.

Finally, if you truely want to hammer the PC gamer industry, take a lesson from minecraft. you can play the base game pirated, but if you want any mods whatsoever to work, you better be able to log in, else you get nothing beyond vanilla (and PC games = all about the modding and multiplayer), developers…take note, make it mod friendly, and make it to where you must log in for mods to activate…kill two birds with one stone, both the pirate issue and the gamers love modding desire…else, look at half the picture and give up

Ron Whitaker

On January 3, 2012 at 5:51 am

@SatFX: The major reason for those prices discrepancies is the agreements in place between publishers and retailers. Brick and mortar stores still sell a ton of video games, and publishers cannot risk angering those distribution points. If a publisher were to offer a digital product at a 25% discount, chances are the majority of customers would purchase that digital product, thus hurting the sales of the physical product. This would likely lead to lawsuits for breaching the agreements in place and / or the removal of that publisher’s product from retail stores, both of which are costly alternatives.


On January 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

Piracy is not a problem, its publishers, that make terrible games and have no confidence in their products anymore that lead to it. Most games do not even have a real ” beta ” nowadays you most likely have to preorder the game to get into the beta. And that shows down right that they just do not have any confidence in their product.

Just like Ron stated about me, you will borrow something and if you like it, you will go out and buy it. Exactly what is the point here, if you can take it for a test drive you will go out and purchase it later simple as pie. Also prices for products are just insane now adays, yes takes a lot of time and money to create pieces of work, but also you would sell more if things weren’t such an insane price.

Look at Minecraft, sold for $20 and I believe the sales were so insanely high he made profit, and yes Minecraft was pirated, but as soon as people played it they fell in love and wanted to support. And that is the key, once we feel the developers care and actually want to make something for the real fans / gamers out there and not think of it as a profit making scheme, then the sooner you can get support.


On January 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’m sorry to read CRYSIS 2 is the most pirated game as CRYTECK team has always done a great work on PC.
I think today there is no area for piracy because you can buy AAA+ games for just few dollars: on online stores, after few months of release date, a lot of good games are given out at discounted prices, rebates of even 75% sometime.
If we want play with our loved computers we must buy the games we love.
I agree that USD 60.00 for a new game cannot be spent but when I see CIV V or Batman at 7.99 from authorized reseller you have no excuse!
For me it is not a problem await 6 or 10 months to play a new game at discounted price.
But the first problem isn’t the torrent downloads but the websites who sell stolen keys online!

Brandon J. Clark

On January 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

I used to pirate, but now Steam sales are so ign fre

Brandon J. Clark

On January 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

I used to pirate, but now Steam sales are so ing frequent there’s no need to.


On January 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

I used to think pirating wasn’t really all that bad because I only had myself to compare to, back when I did pirate I would try the game out and if I felt it was a great game I would buy it, but after seeing the report from The Witcher 2 where there is far more pirated copy’s then copy’s paid for its starting to hit home to me that there really are people out there that don’t give a about any gaming company and only themselves.