Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the most pirated game of 2009, according to According to TorrentFreak. The game has been downloaded illegally nearly 4,100,000 times for PC in 2009, topping the list after only two months of being available.
If TorretFreak’s report is accurate, Activision has lost more than $245 million in sales on the PC version alone. The Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift and Street Fighter IV help round off the top five for the year, all of which appeared on the PC.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder many developers prefer making games for consoles than PC, being harder to hack and easier to control distribution is a level of control many console gamers accept. The furor surrounding EA’s Spore’s install DRM shows that many PC gamers aren’t nearly as forgiving.
The total download figures for this year double that of last year’s numbers, likely due to the high jobless rate in the United State and elsewhere. PC remains to be the target for torrent downloads, with more than three times that of the Wii and Xbox 360.