4.5 Million Illegal Downloads for The Witcher 2

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.

Source: Videogamer

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  • 14 GB? it would take two weeks to download it in my country!

    • xjsd

      Apparently in Poland they have faster internet 😉

  • Aside from the fact that the CEO of the company that made the game is apparently spending all of his time keeping an eye on how much his game is being PIRATED (yeah, I’m sure) and then the fact he’s basing this off torrent aggregate sites…..combined with the, lets say, “questionable” at ~best~ statistics……

    His “not-too-fast” internet connection clocks in at about 630 kb/sec. I have not too fast internet in Canada. It gets me max 250kb/sec, on a good day, assuming the site/server or wherever I’m downloading from is good. And they’re not throttling me like crazy.

    630 kb/sec on a single torrent is NOT something that happens very often, unless there is a TON of seeders, and even then, it’s not likely unless you have insanely fast internet.

    So, yet again, companies making you think it’s WAY worse than it actually is. (And come on, seriously? The Witcher 2 being the most pirated game? I don’t think so)

  • Even if this is not true it would still greatly irritate me if it was “only” a million piraters.

  • Score of 88 out of 10? AMAZING!!!

  • DDD

    This is not even worth to pirate. lol

  • First witcher sucked..combat system was shit… not worth pirating or buying or checking out the trailer

  • me

    not everyone is fortunate enough to have the intellect or health even to get a decent enough job to afford these games… my gf is disabled and cannot work.. the benefits she gets are stupid… and she loves games…and now she loves me because i introduced her to piracy…is that so wrong???

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