Despite its nasty DRM scheme, EA's Spore tops the list of most pirated games for 2008, according to TorrentFreak.
Although EA downplayed the stats on Spore piracy, TorrentFreak stands by its numbers:
When we posted about the impressive download rate on Spore - inflated due to the DRM that was put into the game - EA doubted our statistics. EA’s Mariam Sughayer said that every BitTorrent download was not a successful copy, and that several downloads didn’t work, were buggy, or contained viruses. We wont deny that on badly moderated torrent sites, malicious torrents probably can be found. However, this constitutes less than 1% of the available torrents, and they are not added to our statistics.
Here's the Top Ten (all are PC titles) along with their d/l count:
- Spore (1,700,000)
- The Sims 2 (1,150,000)
- Assassins Creed (1,070,000)
- Crysis (940,000)
- Command & Conquer 3 (860,000)
- Call of Duty 4 (830,000)
- GTA San Andreas (740,000)
- Fallout 3 (645,000)
- Far Cry 2 (585,000)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (470,000)