According to a Bloomberg report, The Sims 3 has been pirated and downloaded approximately 180,000 times between May 18 and 21.
It’s not out until June 2, and EA says that the pirated version is not even the full thing.
“The pirated version is a buggy, pre-final build of the game,” said EA rep Holly Rockwood. “It’s not the full game. Half the world — an entire city — is missing from the pirated copy.”
Comparatively, EA’s Spore was pirated 400,000 last year in the matter of three weeks.
The game does not have DRM software attached, leading some to speculate EA left it off due to the hoopla surrounding the inclusion of it on Spore.
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