Modern Warfare 2: Most Pirated Game of 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 isn’t just the biggest game of the year in terms of sales, it was the most pirated games too. Although that isn’t necessarily a shocker, popular titles mean people want them, it’s just a matter if they are willing to pay for them or not. TorrentFreak is the website that did the research and according to them, Modern Warfare 2 was downloaded illegally about 5 million times, which means Activision lost about 300,000,000 bucks because of those pesky pirates.
The site figured about 970,000 of those downloads were for Microsoft‘s console the Xbox 360, while about 4.1 million were downloaded for the PC. Even though the sales were much higher for the consoles, people who download games are doing it on a computer, which makes it much easier to run the game on the same machine — hence the numbers of downloads were much higher on the PC.
Some other notable games which were download for “free” were: The Sims 3, Street Fighter IV and Prototype. Although Activision could spin this negative into a positive by handing out a statement that reads that gamers were more willing to play Modern Warfare 2 than EA’s Spore because when that came out in 2008, it was only downloaded 1.7 million times.