I was curious this morning about how many copies of Doom 3 were being pirated. I have no idea how to do anything with IRC, Kazaa or emule/donkey/goat/weasel or whatever its called. I just limited myself to Bittorrent.
I went to Suprnova which I believe is the most popular Bittorrent site. Here is the information on the torrents for Doom 3 which were uploaded on August 3 & 4. There may be (probably are) torrents from August 2 and before. I’m not even including those.
There are currently 7 torrents that allow downloading of the full game. First the seeders - which are people who have already downloaded a complete copy and are seeding it for others. There are 886 total seeders active right now.
Next the leechers. These are people who are currently downloading a copy of the program. There are a total of 10,932 leechers downloading Doom 3 right now.
That’s incredible. That means there are 11,818 copies of Doom 3 that are either completely downloaded or are being downloaded as we speak. I’m not sure what it means other than that PC piracy incredibly prolific and I can see why the big companies are heading more toward consoles. Not that they can’t be cracked/pirated etc but still… almost 12,000 copies speaks for itself.
And 11,818 multiplied by $50 = $590,900.00. Being downloaded just today.