The latest addition to the Call of Duty series, the record breakingly popular Modern Warfare 2, has managed to become the most illegally pirated game of 2009, despite being released so late this year.
The fact that Modern Warfare 2 has topped the list of games being pirated this year should come as no surprise given the massive hype leading up to the game’s launch and the almost undiluted praise of its multiplayer, to say nothing of its record breaking launch. Still, those involved will be disappointed with the news, especially given the lengths to which the developers behind Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward, had gone to prevent illegal piracy.
While the report from TorrentFreak that indicates that Modern Warfare 2 has been the most pirated game of the last year doesn’t specify just why the PC saw most piracy, we might reasonably have expected that to be the case even without having seen the numbers. The wave of bans for playing pirated material and modifying Xbox 360s to do so that preceded the game’s launch will likely have scared many Xbox owners away from pirating Modern Warfare 2.
It seems strange that Modern Warfare saw quite as much piracy as it did. Given that the game authenticates via Steam servers, which generally makes it quite difficult indeed to get a pirated game working, it would make sense that those playing pirated copies of Modern Warfare 2 must be doing so without the game’s multiplayer, which is its main draw (the single player having drawn some criticism for being variously too violent and too confusing).
Still, given the lengths to which developers went to prevent piracy, with many stating that the removal of dedicated server support was one prompted by concerns over illegal play, it seems strange that Modern Warfare 2 has been so popular among pirates.