It would appear that yesterday’s shaming of poor Isabella Barwinska was no one-off – some of the largest players in gaming are joining up to (try to) eliminate online piracy.
Atari and Codemasters, who make half the stuff you’ve played during your lifetime, have joined Topware and another couple of companies in targeting P2P-using game pirates, and will, according to The Times, start sending out automatic £300 fines to a select sample of 25,000 people they’ve caught illegally sharing copyrighted games.
The shocking facts are this – Pinball Dreams 3D sold 800 copies during its first two weeks on sale, but was downloaded 12,000 times. Codemasters’ Operation Flashpoint was downloaded 691,000 times in one week. We’re all for getting stuff for free off the internet, but those figures are… astonishing. Enough to make you side with The Man for once. And close BitLord.
(Via The Times)