Rein strikes red line through “40 million UTIII pirates” story

By Patrick Garratt
5 May 2008 14:06 GMT


Epic VP Mark Rein has confirmed that a story claiming he said Unreal Tournament III’s PC servers had been hit by 40 million pirated keys is incorrect.

“I don’t recall saying that particular number,” he said, speaking to videogaming247.

“We’ve certainly had lots of invalid attempts to access our servers and piracy is definitely a problem in our industry but I don’t know where that particular number came from.”

The original story, posted by TG Daily, claimed, “We spoke with Mark Rein, VP of Epic Games, and learned that the Unreal Tournament 3 servers received over 40 million attempts at illegitimate access using pirate keys.”

That’s that sorted, then.

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