[PC gaming]: Denuvo says “a major sports title” lost $21 million by not using its anti-piracy software

Videogame anti-piracy software provider Denuvo has published figures that suggest games that don’t use its anti-tamper systems suffer huge financial losses. The company used an unnamed triple-A sports title to track its BitTorrent download rate and found that the title was downloaded 335,000 times within the first week of its release. The statement was announced through Irdeto’s official website as the company bought Denuvo earlier this year. “Irdeto tracked the downloads of a major sports title on P2P networks after the title, which did not include anti-tamper protection, was cracked on the same day of its release,” reads the statement. “During the first two weeks, Irdeto detected 355,664 torrent downloads of the illegal copy of the title, Given the retail price of the game, that puts the total potential loss of revenue from P2P downloads at $21,336,283.” The statement goes on to say that Iredta’s tracking has found that 12% of the illegal P2P downloads occur within the first day of the cracked copy appearing on P2P networks. Iredta also highlights that a number of these illegal copies cropped up within the first hour of the game’s release.

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