Hot on the heels of news that Modern Warfare 2 is still number one in the sales charts, comes another chart, this time “the most pirated game of 2009” and once again, with little surprise, Modern Warfare 2 comes out top again, only this time, Activision won’t be so happy.
The report by Torrentfreak shows that the game (across PC and 360) was illegally downloaded over 5 million times and in just two months. This is almost double the amount of times Spore, 2008’s most pirated game, was downloaded.
Despite being the most heavily purchased game of all time and the fastest selling entertainment item in its opening week, illegal copies still plague the game and with record numbers wanting the game, despite heavy sales, it is perhaps no surprise to see it heavily pirated.
Other games to suffer at the hands of the Bit Torrent crowd were The Sims (downloaded over 3 million times) and Prototype (2.3million). It is no shock to see the top 5 most pirated games of the year all came on the PC platform, although there were sharp increases of illegal downloads of both 360 and Wii games, particularly those featuring Mario.
The entire story and “chart” can be seen on the TorrentFreak site.