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A large-scale analysis of BItTorrent file-sharing of videogames has shown that the number of illicit digital copies is not as high as reported by industry trade organisations.

Anders Drachen from the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University and the PLAIT Lab at Northeastern University as well as Robert Veitch from the Department of IT Management at Copenhagen Business School analysed a the filesharing of some 173 computer games over a three-month period between 2010 and 2011.

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Could have called it, but nice to actually have proof.
That said, numbers are meaningless until you take into account how many would have paid for it if they couldn't have pirated it...Looking at some of the most popular countries I'd wager that a lack of funds means that a lot of pirated copies aren't really lost sales.
Edited by Brutuz - 5/15/13 at 11:06pm
    
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Source.

Could have called it, but nice to actually have proof.
That said, numbers are meaningless until you take into account how many would have paid for it if they couldn't have pirated it...Looking at some of the most popular countries I'd wager that a lack of funds means that a lot of pirated copies aren't really lost sales.

that really never needed a confirmation, but companies likes to have something else to blame for failing
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Cant forget about how some games get censored and alot of people want the original not something their government believes they should have.
 
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Looking at some of the most popular countries I'd wager that a lack of funds means that a lot of pirated copies aren't really lost sales.

I know for certain that most people pirating games in my country (and there is A LOT of piracy here) wouldn't have bought the original copies if they couldn't pirate it.

Not because of money, but because of culture.
   
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Who cares, all the companies will denie denie denie, and then come out with a payed research paper showing the oppersit.
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just like how it has been done befor.
this study show nothing new compared to other studies which wer enot payed for by the big companies, or my copyright holders etc.
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The team also found a correlation between a game's review score on Metacritic and the volume of BitTorrent activity rleated to that game.

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