Impact of Video Game Piracy on Developers in the UK

According to a survey of game developers in the United Kingdom, 57 percent of developers stated that piracy is a problem for their business. 10 percent of the developers stated that stricter enforcement against piracy was the best option in dealing with the problem, while 87 percent stated that creating new business models was the… Continue reading Impact of Video Game Piracy on Developers in the UK

Using Search Engines to Find Free Downloads

According to a study commissioned by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), 74 percent of consumers surveyed in a study stated that they first found a website offering pirated materials through a search engine. 58 percent of searches with keywords such as the movie’s title or names of television shows had links to online… Continue reading Using Search Engines to Find Free Downloads

Number of People Committing Online Piracy in 2013

327 million people around the world was searching for pirated content online, according to a study commissioned by NBCUniversial. The people accessing pirated content accounted for 14 billion page views on websites that were proving content without a licenses. The number of page views was 10 percent higher than the amount recorded in November 2011.… Continue reading Number of People Committing Online Piracy in 2013

AdSense Accounts Disabled Due to Pirated Content

In 2012, Google disabled the AdSense accounts and prevented ads from being displayed on 46,000 websites that was providing pirated content. However, Google also stated in the report “How Google Fights Piracy” that all major search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and Google only provides 16 percent of the traffic to bit-torrent and piracy sites… Continue reading AdSense Accounts Disabled Due to Pirated Content

Pirated Video Game Removal Activity in 2012

In 2012, the Entertainment Software Associated participated in anti-piracy campaigns that lead to over 5 million pirated video game files being removed from the Internet during the year. Over half of the websites that received notifications that pirated games were on their sites removed the files within t24 hours. In addition, the industry group for… Continue reading Pirated Video Game Removal Activity in 2012

Pirated Digital Content in the UK

Over a three month period that ended in January 2013, almost 400 million digital files were pirated by Internet users in the United Kingdom. According to a study by Ofcom, 18 percent of Internet users in the UK over the age of 12 accessed a pirated copy of an entertainment service. These files included movies,… Continue reading Pirated Digital Content in the UK

Popular Pirated Items in Jordan in 2012

Jordan’s National Library Department Director General reported to the media that ┬ápirated Play Station games were the most common smuggled item from Syria into the country in 2012. After pirated video games, the popular pirated items were DVDs, music discs and software. Due to the conflict in Syria, the smuggling of pirated goods into Jordan… Continue reading Popular Pirated Items in Jordan in 2012

Video Game Piracy Losses in North America

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada stated that the computer game industry in the United States and Canada loses up to $3.5 Billion a year to pirated video games. The losses to piracy is equal to about one-fifth of the total value of the video game market.

Worldwide, the hand-held video game market loses $8.1 Billion a year to piracy.