Spore seeing “extraordinary” levels of piracy

Sunday, 14th September 2008 08:39 GMT By Patrick Garratt


According to peer-to-peer research firm Big Champagne, levels of piracy surrounding Spore are off the chart, with more than 35,000 copies of the game being leeched on Wednesday this week alone.

“The numbers are extraordinary,” said company boss Eric Garland. “This is a very high level of torrent activity even for an immensely popular game title.”

As of Thursday this week, the game had been downloaded 171,402 times since September 1.

DRM issues
are obviously being blamed for the trend, with some users actively calling for the title to be pirated.

“By downloading this torrent, you are doing the right thing,” said Pirate Bay posted ‘deathkitten’. “You are letting [EA] know that people won’t stand for their ridiculously draconian ‘DRM’ viruses.

“You have the power to make this the most pirated game ever, to give corporate bastards a virtual punch in the face.”

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  1. Syrok

    You get what you deserve. If they are going to put so many stupid security measures on they are just calling for the game to be pirated.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. jigglybean

    It’s about time the industry did something about piracy, rather than copy the music industry and keep moaning about it.

    However, as itunes proved, the music industry were talking out of their rear end. Yes there will always be some who pirate but the majority won’t.

    PC games isn’t the only format you can download. XBOX and PS3 titles are also there.

    Shame Spore IS a waste of time. Total let down

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Freek

    That 3 instals thing is working out nicely for them then.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. sam_spade

    I wonder how much they wasted on the DRM?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    People should really be sending the message that Spore isn’t actually a very good game rather than DRM is evil.

    It’s the most disappointing title I’ve played since Black & White, it’s a collection of poor minigames to start with, a space game that’s neither hard core enough for most gamers or simple enough for the average The Sims player and some nice creator tools and er, that’s it.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. furianboy

    sadly, this will only result in even tighter DRM restrictions and mean even less development for the PC as a platform.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. f1r3storm

    “I won’t buy Spore with DRM stuff. But hey, i’m downloading and playing it for free.”

    People can be “great” sometimes.

    #7 6 years ago

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