Son of a witch! The Witcher 2 has more illegal downloads than it does legal purchases, according to CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwinski. The game has been pirated 4.5 million times and purchased legally 1 million times. Even though it has received an average score of 88 out of 100 from critics according to Metacritic, it’s sad to see those numbers.
“I was checking regularly the number of concurrent downloads on torrent aggregating sites, and for the first 6-8 weeks there was around 20-30k people downloading it at the same time. Let’s take 20k as the average and let’s take 6 weeks. The game is 14GB, so let’s assume that on an average not-too-fast connection it will be 6 hours of download. 6 weeks is 56 days, which equals to 1344 hours; and with 6h of average download time to get the game it would give us 224 downloads, then let’s multiply it by 20k simultaneous downloaders.”
“The result is roughly 4.5 million illegal downloads. This is only an estimation, and I would say that’s rather on the optimistic side of things; as of today we have sold over 1M legal copies, so having only 4.5-5 illegal copies for each legal one would be not a bad ratio. The reality is probably way worse.”
Iwinski doesn’t sound too mad about this. He even thinks the ratio isn’t that bad. As for his idea of combating piracy? It’s to give a lot of value to the customers, and if they want to illegally download the game, then he’s hoping they’ll buy it when it’s cheaper later.