Digital game piracy

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dc.contributor.author Drachen, Anders
dc.contributor.author Bauer, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Veitch, Robert W. D.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-24
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T11:51:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T11:51:09Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8495
dc.description.abstract The practice of illegally copying and distributing digital games is at the heart of one of the most heated and divisive debates in the international games environment. Despite the substantial interest in game piracy, there is very little objective information available about its magnitude or its distribution across game titles and game genres. This paper presents the first large-scale, open-method analysis of the distribution of digital game titles, which was conducted by monitoring the BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing protocol. The sample includes 173 games and a collection period of three months from late 2010 to early 2011. With a total of 12.6 million unique peers identified, it is the largest examination of game piracy via P2P networks to date. The study provides findings that reveal the magnitude of game piracy, the timefrequency of game torrents, which genres that get pirated the most, and the relationship between aggregated review scores and ESRB-ratings. en_US
dc.format.extent 8 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Digital games en_US
dc.subject.other Game piracy en_US
dc.subject.other BitTorrent en_US
dc.subject.other Economics of piracy en_US
dc.title Digital game piracy en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt12aug20 anmn en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for IT-Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ITM en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of IT Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ITM en_US
dc.description.notes Preprint of paper presented at MindTrek 2011, 29-30 September 2011, Tampere, Finland en_US
dc.idnumber x65631678x en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2011 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Analyzing the illegal distribution of digital games via BitTorrent en_US


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