Sports Interactive has revealed that the PC version of Football Manager 2013 was illegally downloaded over 10 million times.
Director Miles Jacobson revealed at the London Games Conference 2013 that the game had been illegally downloaded 10.1 million times. Now you’re probably wondering how they came up with this number. When the game was originally cracked it featured a flaw called “Home,” this allowed the developer to track the IP addresses of everyone who logged in to an illegally downloaded copy of the game.
According to Jacobson, 3.2 million downloads came from China, 1.05 million came from Turkey and 781,785 from Portugal–these were the three countries where the game was pirated the most.
Jacobson said that it would be “ridiculous to think” that every single download equaled a lost sale, but he estimated that 1.74 percent of illegal downloaders would have potentially bought the game if no crack had been made available. That is around $3.7m in lost revenue, which would have been spent hiring new team members, according to Jacobson.