The amount of users downloading The Sims 3 from torrent sites indicates that the title's long-term piracy rate could top that of Spore, the most pirated title of 2008.
The EA PC title, which isn't due for release until June 2 in the States, was leaked to torrent sites two weeks ahead of its planned launch. And according to BigChampagne, a company that monitors file sharing, it was downloaded at least 180,000 times between May 18 and May 21.
That figure outpaces the 400,000 illegal downloads of Spore over three weeks, reports Bloomberg, presumably referring to the period leading up to the title's release last year. Spore went on to be illegally downloaded some 1.7 million times during the last three months of 2008.
An EA spokesperson said that "the pirated version [of The Sims 3] is a buggy, pre-final build of the game... Half the world - an entire city - is missing from the pirated copy."
The report estimates that the current number of illegal Sims 3 downloads suggests lost retail sales of $9 million.
Article supplied by Edge-Online