Modern Warfare 2 is the biggest money spinner for Activision and it has also become the biggest money spinner for the pirated games market. According to Torrent Freak, MW2 is the most pirated game for 2009.
Activision has sold over 13 million copies. This is legal. The illegal part is that the PC edition of Modern Warfare 2 has been downloaded over 4 million times and around one million times the Xbox edition. So, the total illegal downloads of the game is over 5 million.
Other games that were downloaded in 2009 over 2 million times for PC are The Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift and Street Fighter IV. Not only for PC, most of them have also been downloaded for the Xbox 360.
The New Super Mario Bros game was downloaded illegally downloaded over one million times according to Torrent Freak. This has been followed by Punch-Out and Wii Sports Resort.
Earlier the older games were most pirated. But in 2009 it is a surprise that the same year released games were most pirated. The biggest surprise is that Modern Warfare 2 was launched at the end of the year i.e. November 10.
One more interesting fact in the pirated market for year 2009 is that the most pirated games are actually PC downloads and not for the gaming consoles.
It was a huge November for Modern Warfare 2. It crossed 6 million marks in its sale in the month. Recently the Product Manager of Microsoft Xbox 360 Aaron Greenberg also said in an interview that it would have been a different month without the blockbuster hit of Infinity Ward.
He said, “November without Modern Warfare 2 would have looked very different.”
Greenberg further added in the interview to G4TV, “There’s titles that appeal within the inner circle of the core, but this is that title everyone that owns a video game console buys… If they buy two games a year, this was one of those games.”
He also mentioned that the software numbers would have been looked much different and he thinks that people would have spent so much of money on another game. He added that MW2 stopped people from buying other tech gadgets.
Greenberg also said, and it is true even, that Modern Warfare 2 was just like a new blockbuster movie in November. He added that it is an event and people knew about it.
Well, would the MW2 in would have been as huge? May we know from your comments below.
This December 5th and 6th, Activision and GAME, the UK specialty retailer, joins forces for GAME For Good. It is a promotion that is aimed to get the gamers log into Xbox Live and blast some fools in Modern Warfare 2 to help those children who are in war-torn environments.
Those gamer in UK who spends time playing Modern Warfare 2 this weekend then Activision will be donating money to the War Child Charity. It will come to £250,000 ($416,000).
For this no signups are required, gamers don’t have to pay any fee and nor they need to register. Gamers will be clocking hours which will be counting toward donations.
According to the official website, the War Child Charity is “an international charity that protects children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones.”
So, go ahead with Modern Warfare 2. Play this great game online this weekend so that the company can donate money to an extremely worthy cause.