Gears of War 3 Was 2011's Most Pirated Xbox 360 Game
Written Tuesday, January 03, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Gears of War 3 was 2011's most pirated Xbox 360 game, according to TorrentFreak. As detailed in the site's round-up of most pirated media, Epic's meaty shooter threequel amassed a total of 890,000 (totally illegal) downloads.
Despite an early build of the game leaking onto the net this summer, it would seem that these downloads came from later, retail code. Interestingly, according to the stats the Xbox 360 suffers from a little less piracy than the Wii (Super Mario Galaxy 2 was downloaded well over a million times), while PS3 piracy is so low that TorrentFreak don't even deem it necessary to calculate the figures.
Meanwhile, PC games average more than three times the piracy levels of their console counterparts.
The figures for the torrent charts are estimated, with data mined from "several sources, including reports from all public BitTorrent trackers," according to TorrentFreak.
It's probably a good time to point out that downloading and using torrented game code on modded Xbox 360's is something that Microsoft do not like. Do it and you're likely to get a ban and a Bill Gates goon on your doorstep with a baseball bat.
Full list of top torrented games below.
Title / Times Downloaded
- Gears of War 3 (890,000)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000)
- Battlefield 3 (760,000)
- Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000)
- Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000)