StarCraft 2 Sets New Mark for Piracy

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StarCraft 2 Sets New Mark for Piracy

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StarCraft 2, the best-selling PC-exclusive game of the year, is also one of the most pirated, with more than 2.3 million downloads adding up to almost 16 petabytes of data.

According to TorrentFreak, StarCraft 2 has set a new record for the amount of data transferred by a single torrent, with the most popular torrent file moving 15.77 petabytes of data across 2.3 million downloads. A petabyte, for those who don't know (and full disclosure, I had to Google it myself) is a billion megabytes. 15.77 billion megabytes of data. That's a lot.

Not that there's much danger of Blizzard going under as a result of the losses. StarCraft 2 was released near the end of July and by September had sold more than three million copies worldwide, excellent numbers for any game and particularly so for a PC exclusive. At the same time, this is apparently just the most popular torrent being measured so actual piracy numbers are almost certainly higher, and the fact that Blizzard can afford to absorb the loss doesn't mean it should have to.

TorrentFreak also pointed out that while 15.77 petas is a pile, Blizzard's own BitTorrent system may have actually moved more data through the distribution of legitimate copies of the game, although numbers to confirm that speculation aren't made available to the public.

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Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

Yup, piracy is definitely an industry-killer.

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

Bravo to Blizzard... I think.
Is this a good thing?

John Funk:

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

I agree!

Now, to find a way to make the pirated games blow up their computer...

thublihnk:
Yup, piracy is definitely an industry-killer.

Not necessarily. Don't get me wrong, this level of piracy is nothing short of horrifying, but the quality of the game ensured that Blizzard got an immense number of legit sales and that number continues to grow.

John Funk:

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

I'm sorry, when did pirates ever get to play on Battle.net?

hazabaza1:
Bravo to Blizzard... I think.
Is this a good thing?

Nope. Now chances are future Blizzard/Activision games will include new, intrusive DRM to try and prevent this sort of thing from happening again. Even though it won't, but they're going to do something, regardless of if it helps or not.

Then more people will pirate, meaning harsher DRM, which leads to more pirating, and the circle goes around and around.

Well, with any luck , at least some of the people who've downloaded it will enjoy it enough to consider buying it to play multiplayer, which IS the main basis of the game, right?

Not defending piracy, but SC2 isn't much without the MP part right?

Why would you want to play Starcraft single player?

Starcraft has single player?!

icyneesan:
Why would you want to play Starcraft single player?

To play through it and discard it like the 50 other games they downloaded in the past few months. Pirates download everything.

JeanLuc761:

thublihnk:
Yup, piracy is definitely an industry-killer.

Not necessarily. Don't get me wrong, this level of piracy is nothing short of horrifying, but the quality of the game ensured that Blizzard got an immense number of legit sales and that number continues to grow.

I was being completely sarcastic, sorry about the confusion.

ciortas1:

John Funk:

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

I'm sorry, when did pirates ever get to play on Battle.net?

Since never. What does that have to do with anything?

thublihnk:

JeanLuc761:

thublihnk:
Yup, piracy is definitely an industry-killer.

Not necessarily. Don't get me wrong, this level of piracy is nothing short of horrifying, but the quality of the game ensured that Blizzard got an immense number of legit sales and that number continues to grow.

I was being completely sarcastic, sorry about the confusion.

My bad, sarcasm doesn't always make it through on the internet :P

It's not as though you pirate and you can't buy the game as well. Some of those torrents may have been a chance to "test" the game, and it was later purchased by the same person legitimately.

A weak argument, but a possibility.

John Funk:

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

Couldn't agree more.

OT: Whilst the fact that they can absorb it is "good", I'd like to declare those 2.3 million people twats.

I don't care if you bought the game later, you still add to the figures and you still reinforce publishers' ideas about stringent DRM.

Hmm, I talked about this with a friend of mine and he told he's one of those guys who pirated this.

So, do I go and beat the crap out of him?

John Funk:
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The "Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with." made it sound like it's a new thing or that it just feels more justified now. I mean, who would be okay with pirates playing on the official servers? Why even bother say this?

Or maybe the stupid question itself did. Just ignore me.

John Funk:

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

That's correct.

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play online with everyone else.

You say that as if it's a bad thing

Wow, that is some big numbers.

I am not really that big a fan of Starcraft. I like Supreme Commander more.

I hope this wont lead to some kind of stupid AC2 like DRM...

ciortas1:

John Funk:
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The "Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with." made it sound like it's a new thing or that it just feels more justified now. I mean, who would be okay with pirates playing on the official servers? Why even bother say this?

No. I'm just perfectly okay with pirates having to go through complex workarounds to play online with only other pirates.

You're reading meaning into things that isn't there.

I dont think that this is that bad for Blizzard, with pirated copy you can play only campaing and when people see how good it is they may think about buying an original copy of the game.

So I have to put up with that bloody Battle.net thing, while the pirates can just play the game without having to fuck around with login screens and whatnot?

Thanks Blizzard! DRM for the win!

MrShowerHead:
Hmm, I talked about this with a friend of mine and he told he's one of those guys who pirated this.

So, do I go and beat the crap out of him?

If you wanna go to jail over Blizzard, maybe they will bail you out but they can't do away with your new criminal record.

MrShowerHead:
Hmm, I talked about this with a friend of mine and he told he's one of those guys who pirated this.

So, do I go and beat the crap out of him?

Nah you make him watch you play it online, then enjoy him going out to buy a real copy.

I, too, am confused why a game that requires an ACTIVE BATTLE.NET ACCOUNT is such a popular piracy target. I guess it's possible that it's so thoroughly hacked that you can connect to other pirated copies through LAN or the web? That actually made me wonder enough to google it, and apparently that's not (yet) the case, so all these pirated copies can only play single player. When you could argue that's MAYBE half the game. I love the lore and the campaign modes, but Blizzard has not exactly been subtle with their E-sport mantra.

Sidestepping the whole DRM vs piracy issue... why even pirate in the first place? Did that many people really not already know if they'd enjoy friggin Starcraft 2 before buying it?

leeloodallasmultipass:
Yes but these people wont be able to play via battle net on-line im guessing?

Much like WoW, Modern Warfare 2 and others, someone will have come up with a work around and the pirates will be playing online, even if not via Battlenet.

Which sucks, whether Blizzard takes the attitude it takes with WoW of pretending not to notice until someone tries to make money out of it remains to be seen.

John Funk:

Which, frankly, I'm perfectly okay with. :P You don't pay, you shouldn't get to play

I believe the sentence ought to be ending right there, John. I'm getting tired of this self-entitled bullshit that gamers like to pull. If you don't pay, you don't play, just like any other entertainment medium out there.

Grey Walker:
It's not as though you pirate and you can't buy the game as well. Some of those torrents may have been a chance to "test" the game, and it was later purchased by the same person legitimately.

A weak argument, but a possibility.

Not to mention re-downloads. 2.3 million pirated copies doesn't mean 2.3 million pirates. Many people will torrent it multiple times because their firs try didn't work, etc. A lot like MW2.

MrShowerHead:
So, do I go and beat the crap out of him?

Slip a Zergling under his bed...

Halvhir:
I, too, am confused why a game that requires an ACTIVE BATTLE.NET ACCOUNT is such a popular piracy target. I guess it's possible that it's so thoroughly hacked that you can connect to other pirated copies through LAN or the web? That actually made me wonder enough to google it, and apparently that's not (yet) the case, so all these pirated copies can only play single player. When you could argue that's MAYBE half the game. I love the lore and the campaign modes, but Blizzard has not exactly been subtle with their E-sport mantra.

Sidestepping the whole DRM vs piracy issue... why even pirate in the first place? Did that many people really not already know if they'd enjoy friggin Starcraft 2 before buying it?

Maybe they wanted to know if it was Starcraft 1 with only a new paint job.

Of course, he-who-must-not-be-named will probably read this, figure that obviously if they had locked up Starcraft a little tighter on the DRM side of things all these downloads would magically turn into sales and so I'm going to have to confirm my copy of Heart of The Swarm is legal every 10 seconds or Blizzard will kill my family.

Halvhir:
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Piracy isn't about whether or not you'll enjoy a game, it's about getting shit free. I personally know 5 people (half my social circle right there) who wouldn't even consider buying anything if it can be picked up free at inserttorrent.com. They're not customers, and no, the shitty Battle.net system, apparently, didn't change anything from the sales' side or the piracy side (seriously, Starcraft, a game from back when Blizzard was a relative unknown, still has 11 million sales and this will have a fucking hard time beating 5 or 6). Guess us consumers are gonna have to just deal with a dick in our ass for no god damn reason.

MrShowerHead:
Hmm, I talked about this with a friend of mine and he told he's one of those guys who pirated this.

So, do I go and beat the crap out of him?
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Nah.....just take a crap on his keyboard when he isn't looking.

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