43GB???? *hurk* I’m going to Steam!
“I have to uninstall like 10 games to play this shit!!” moans one potential pirate, eying the 43GB download for Wolfenstein: The New Order. Bethesda’s supersized title seems to have been one side of fried Nazi too many for some pirates, particularly since – in the very early hours after launch – there were far more people wanting to download than there were illicit sources. What under other circumstances might have taken a few hours instead lasted a day or more.
“I was gonna get this torrent but I saw the size and how long it would take me to download it, I said fuck it I’m getting it from Steam,” said one pirate, a view that was echoed by many others. When legitimate sources like Steam provide a more convenient option, it’d seem many are fairweather freebooters, willing to jump ship as soon as a 2 hour download time starts to look enticing.
That said, Wolfenstein still became the most popular game torrent last week. More than 100,000 people endured the download time – it got better as more seeders appeared – to pirate Bethesda’s shooter. While inconvenience clearly had a deterrent effect, that wasn’t enough to keep the pirates away from Wolfenstein: the New Order.