A study shows that piracy doesn’t hurt video game sales

For one reason or another, players often resort to piracy to enjoy video games at low cost or for free. This practice is present throughout the entertainment industry and is considered a serious crime in most countries of the world.


To know how much this affects the creators is something complicated; however, developers are committed to avoiding at all costs that their products are victims of piracy. So it is a fact that this practice affects the market in some way.

A recent study on piracy claims there is no evidence that piracy affects video game sales. The report was made by Ecorys for the European Commission, in which it examined in depth how piracy affects movies, television, books and video games. This is in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Sweden and various regions of the United Kingdom.

The results indicate that 51% of adults surveyed illegally download or transmit content. Out of this group, 18% said they do it with video games. Despite these results, the final report asserts that there is “robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements”.

Immediately, the study clarifies that this “does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but only that the statistical analysis does not prove with sufficient reliability that there is an effect.”

Likewise, Ecorys says that sometimes illegal consumption increases the legal sales of some products. The results indicate that the research firm only found evidence of damage in the film industry.

Regardless of the results of this study, it is a fact that piracy has an impact on any industry. While entertainment is a luxury that not everyone can access, piracy affects consumers who do pay for products and also profits from the work of developers. For these and other reasons, it is advisable not to resort to it.

To combat these practices, the companies have opted to use the Denuvo security system, which has caused some discomfort among the community. The consoles are not left out of this problem, proof of this is the recent pirated units of the NES Classic Edition that were sold.