Modern Warfare 2: Most pirated game of 2009

The Call of Duty title has been enjoying success in almost every metric in the video game business, and now has racked up another win of sorts.

Modern Warfare 2
Over 4 million unauthorized downloads...and counting. Infinity Ward

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has set several records this year, including the most units sold in a single month (over 6 million in November alone). But according to TorrentFreak, a site that covers the world of torrent downloads, the game was also the most pirated title of 2009.

According to the site, Modern Warfare 2's PC version was downloaded on torrent sites a whopping 4.1 million times, which is more than twice as many downloads as 2008's most-pirated game , Spore. The Xbox 360 version of Modern Warfare 2 was downloaded 970,000 times.

Those numbers are all the more impressive when one considers that the game was downloaded over a period of just two months.

TorrentFreak also released its findings for other top pirated games. The Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift, and Street Fighter IV rounded out the list of most-pirated PC games. Street Fighter IV and Prototype were second and third on the most-pirated Xbox 360 games, following Modern Warfare 2. Dirt 2 and UFC 2009 Undisputed placed in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

TorrentFreak also evaluated the most pirated games on the Wii. Not surprisingly, it was the New Super Mario Bros. that took the top spot with 1.15 million downloads. It was followed by Punch-Out, Wii Sports Resort, House of the Dead: Overkill, and Mario Power Tennis.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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