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Football Manager 2013 was pirated over 10.1 million times, once in the Vatican

Sports Interactive studio head Miles Jacobson revealed that Football Manager 2013 was illegally downloaded over 10.1 million times in a talk at the London Games Conference, MCVUK reported. He explained that the cracked software featured a "Home" flaw, which let the developer track the IP addresses ...

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Surviving a fight with pirates and an 800-pound gorilla

GOG.com isn't competing with Steam, GOG marketing lead Trevor Longino says. GOG is the No. 2 independent digital distributor, with more than 600 games and 2 million unique visitors each month. For DRM-free digital distribution, GOG is No. 1, and it recently rolled out an indie service aimed at s...

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Indie game Gentlemen! was bought 144 times, pirated over 50,000

Gentlemen! by Lucky Frame is a popular indie title for Android tablets, iPad, PC and Mac that has players swap gravity, chuck knives, and send homing pigeons at one another in local multiplayer deathmatches. It has garnered critical praise and the Android version has been downloaded more than 50,00...

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Nintendo continues piracy fight with lawsuit against hacked goods retailer

Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com, a site that offers DS and 3DS flashcarts, devices that allow owners to play pirated games on their systems. Nintendo's press release to the media stated that the site "has developed a global business focused on selling unauthorized copies...

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Fan launches unofficial PC port of Vampire Smile, says it's not piracy

Russian developer Barabus really wanted to see Ska Studios' Xbox 360-exclusive game, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, on PC – so Barabus created a cracked version and uploaded it to the web. Barabus didn't contact Ska Studios and didn't think creator James Silva would lose any money from the un...

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Hackers claim to have developed Wii U mod chip, Nintendo aware and prepared

A hacker group claims they have designed a modification chip that circumvents security measures on Nintendo's Wii U. In a post on the group's website – which Joystiq has decided against linking to – the modders say they have "completely reversed the Wii U drive authentication, disk encr...

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Game Dev Tycoon creator punishes pirates with in-game bankruptcy

Upon launching its debut title Game Dev Tycoon for Windows, Mac, and Linux yesterday, creator Green Heart Games implemented a clever approach to anti-piracy, targeting non-paying players with a game-ending dose of ironic retribution. The cracked version of Game Dev Tycoon, which Green Heart Games c...

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Sony patent would combat piracy by comparing load times

A patent describing a "method for validating legitimate media products" attributed to Sony Computer Entertainment America surfaced earlier this week. Originally filed in August 2011, the patent elaborates on a process by a which a piece of media could be detected as legitimate (not pirated) by comp...

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Football Manager 2013 better thanks to anti-piracy measures

Sports Interactive, developers of the Football Manager series of soccer management simulation games, added "17 or 18" people to the team this year. Studio head Miles Jacobson credited the development team's growth and the heightened expectations for Football Manager 2013 to its anti-piracy measures...

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Tropico 4 plunders some Pirate Heaven DLC

Kalypso Media has released Tropico 4 DLC pack called Pirate Heaven, which brings a distinct swashbuckler vibe to the island-dictatorship simulation game. In addition to the Pirate Queen outfit seen above, the DLC adds a new "Smuggler's Hut" building for bringing in resources from beyond internation...

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