Kick start 2012 by learning about the most Pirated Games of 2011!

Kick start 2012 by learning about the most Pirated Games of 2011!

Happy New Years folks! We realize we haven’t written an article for a while but that might be due to the travelling situation and a less than ideal internet situation (apparently grandparents don’t have any need for the internet… who knew?). Either way we’re back, and we’re starting of with talking about the most Pirated Games of 2011 (which follows on from the most Pirated Movies of 2011).

Well it seems that the list has been broken down by Console – the PC, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 (the PS3 is obviously left off the list due to it’s immaculate security system that has stopped majority of console users to ‘crack’ it). What’s interesting is that while most games are expected here, there are some that are a little surprising to see at the top of the list. Let’s start with the PC version:

PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011
as of December 30, 2011
#gameest. downloadsreleased
torrentfreak.com
1Crysis 2(3,920,000)(Mar. 2011)
2Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3(3,650,000)(Nov. 2011)
3 Battlefield 3(3,510,000)(Oct. 2011)
4FIFA 12(3,390,000)(Sept. 2011)
5Portal 2(3,240,000)(Apr. 2011)

As shown, Crysis 2 proved to be the most downloaded game of 2011, racking up just over 3.9 million downloads, and it generally had most of 2011 to be downloaded. Interesting to note is that even though the game got leaked before it’s release date, the majority of it’s downloads took place after the full retail version was released. Modern Warfare 3 followed suit by amassing 3.65 mil downloads in only 2 months of this year, a similar situation to Battlefield 3 which had slightly lower downloads in a month more than MW3. The list was rounded out by FIFA 12 and Portal 2.

Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011
as of December 30, 2011
#gameest. downloadsreleased
torrentfreak.com
1Super Mario Galaxy 2(1,280,000)(May. 2010)
2Mario Sports Mix(1,090,000)(Feb. 2011)
3Xenoblade Chronicles(950,000)(Aug. 2011 EU)
4Lego Pirates of the Caribbean(870,000)(May. 2011)
5FIFA 12(860,000)(Sept. 2011)

As for the Nintendo Wii, the top downloaded games was Super Mario Galaxy 2 with an estimated 1.28 million downloads. The rest of the downloads was expected, but the surprise there was Xenoblade Chronicles, which came in at 3rd with just under a million downloads (and a game we’re not too entirely familiar with). Once again, FIFA 12 was in the top 5 here, proving to be once again the most popular pirated Sports game around.

Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011
as of December 30, 2011
#gameest. downloadsreleased
torrentfreak.com
1Gears of War 3(890,000)(Sep. 2011)
2Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3(830,000)(Nov. 2011)
3 Battlefield 3(760,000)(Oct. 2011)
4Forza Motorsport 4(720,000)(Oct. 2011)
5Kinect Sports: Season Two(690,000)(Oct. 2011)

As for the Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 led the way easily beating out it’s major competitors. Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 were once again 2nd and 3rd here, just like on the PC side of things. Forza Motorsport 4 followed suit and was rounded up by Kinect Sports 2. The possible reason for lower download numbers on the Microsoft based console might have to do with the fact that Microsoft has been cracking down on those who ‘chip’ or modify their consoles to play illegally downloaded games, and thus people are less inclined (as before) to download as many.

Well that rounds up the most pirated games of 2011, and one thing is for sure – You download a lot of games ya damn Pirates.

Source: Torrent Freak


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