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Crysis 2 tops most-pirated games list of 2011

In February 2011, an EA spokesperson on behalf of developer Crytek announced that "Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market," after an unfinished build of Crysis 2 leaked online.

Crysis 2

Crysis 2

At the time, many gamers believed that Crytek would simply stop working on the PC build of Crysis 2 - abandoning the company's once-adoring PC playerbase. That didn't happen, with development on the game continuing and a successful release in March 2011.

Now though, with some new numbers from TorrentFreak, we're guessing that any future Crytek releases will probably not be showing up on PC, as Crysis 2 snags the dubious honour of being the most pirated PC title of 2011.

Top PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000)
  3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000)
  4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000)
  5. Portal 2 (3,240,000)

It's also interesting to note that Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest selling game of 2011, and the most recently-released title in that list, officially hitting hselves in November. Make of that what you will.

PC downloads, predictably, were nearly triple their console equivalents, to the point where PlayStation 3 downloads weren't considered substantial enough to be featured in this year's charts.

Next most popular platform is the Nintendo Wii, which - also predictably - saw a certain plumber taking home honours, not once but twice. Meanwhile, Xbox 360 gamers were also smitten by both Modern Warfare, but the top spot went to Marcus and Dom.

Top Wii Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000)
  2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000)
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000)
  4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000)
  5. FIFA 12 (860,000)
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Top Xbox 360 Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2011

  1. Gears of War 3 (890,000)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000)
  3. Battlefield 3 (760,000)
  4. Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000)
  5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000)

Incidentally - while it's impossible to ever get a pinpoint-accurate "official" figure, these numbers have been gathered from an assortment of sources across the internets, including all public BitTorrent trackers. TorrentFreak has certainly done its homework.

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