The most pirated PC games right now


Piracy through torrent sites is never a good thing, but what the illegal sharing of games does is let us know is which titles are desired most by the consumer who has no desire to pay for something that was tirelessly worked on by teams of dedicated developers.

Making an appearance high up on most of the lists is Goat Simulator, a sand-box game which its own developers said was the “worst idea” they ever had. The fact the game is only 10$ (around R100) did not seem to deter the pirates either.

Piracy has always been a massive bugbear for many in the gaming industry – particularly with PC gaming – with large developers and publishing houses lamenting lost revenue and investment in the industry due to pirates. Ubisoft claims that its titles face a 90% piracy rate, while others developers, such as Valve, say piracy is a service issue, and thanks to Steam, a non-issue for the company.

Whatever your personal views on piracy, with so many digital gaming deals constantly going on, it’s tough to imagine why it’s even necessary.

We visited some of the top torrent sites – don’t try this at work – to find out which PC games are being seeded most. Below is a top 10 list from each site.


  • SimCity 2013
  • Max Payne 3
  • The Pirate Bay Bundle
  • LEGO: The Hobbit
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Age of Wonders III
  • Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  • MXGP
  • Bioshock Infinite/BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
SimCity 2013 screenshot

SimCity 2013


  • Subway Surfers
  • Goat Simulator
  • Minecraft
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • GTA San Andreas
  • FIFA 14
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Euro Truck Simulator
  • Banished
  • NBA2K14
Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

The Pirate Bay

  • Goat Simulator
  • Minecraft
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • The Sims 3
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Battlefield 4
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Banished
  • Need For Speed Rivals
  • Euro Truck Simulator
Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator


  • Goat Simulator
  • Minecraft
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • FIFA 14
  • GTA San Andreas
  • Counter strike 1.6
  • The Sims 3
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


We would ask if you have pirated any of these games, but we know MyGaming readers are better than that, right?

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  • ld13

    Try before you buy™
    I like this concept. Saved me hundreds of bucks over the years.

  • Uberutang

    How about a console
    Iist also?

    Xbox 360 guys are loving titanfall

    Psx looks like wwe vs raw is the favourite

  • Kevin Pool

    I dont understand why subway surfers 8s on tjat list… its a free game and the google play market.?

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    Goat Simulator lol. I knew no one was going to buy that he he.

  • Jaid Orfali

    “dedicated developers” sadly it’s not 1999-2008 anymore… :(

  • Codefridge

    Why are people still downloading Counter Strike 1.6. Surely everyone already has that. Also people move on, there is better balance in CSS.

  • Loman

    Some of these games are very cheap.
    Just goes to show you PC Pirates don’t pirate because games are expensive, they do it because it is easy quick and convenient.

    And Steam, sorry to burst your bubble, but Steam games are being pirated more and more these days. Saying it is a non issue is like saying ANC corruption is a non issue.

    I highly doubt the 90% piracy rate is correct, but how can we know?

    When it comes to console on the other hand, 99.999% of people pirate because it is cheap. R25 compared to R900

  • hairyback

    I think it goes to show that some people are just too cheap to pay for their hobby. You can’t get quicker and more convenient than steam.
    I do however agree that the price of console games are exorbitant.

  • Zayne


    More like try and never buy…

  • Go2hell66

    lol i wouldnt pay for any of those games either XD

  • Kromas

    Sim City 2013 is easy to explain. The pirated version actually works. 😛

  • Kromas

    Steam is turning a massive profit with no downward trend. I think they really do believe that piracy is a non-issue since more players actually buy from them during steam sales.

  • Charl van der Merwe

    Why not just go CS;GO ? everything else is obsolete.

  • Omgee

    Regardless if you get away with pirating a game or anything, you are still inflicting damage to another person by not contributing to the time they invested so that you can actually have enjoyment.

    I think the biggest problem though is that pirate software videos games etc are so easily available on the internet and if kids or people not aware of piracy want something, they just use the google and they find what they want and they download without a second thought, because they pay the internet and the bandwidth and they found what they were looking for.

    My opinion is that more should be done to actually prevent sites hosting unauthorized content to help those not in the know.

  • Loman

    Yes, steam makes it almost as easy quick and convenient.

  • Loman

    GTA alone shipped over 32.5 million console copies. Some were sold at R 900 and these days you can get it for R700. So lets round it at R800 on average.

    GTA 5 was one of the most expensive games made recently and I think it was about 250 million Dollars to make.

    Even so, from sales they got roughly 2600 million.

    I know a portion of that goes to M$, but still, overpriced much?
    Now they make DLC for us suckers to pay for yet again.

    GTA 5 sold 32.5 million and i bet a heck of a lot more were pirated, YET they aren’t closing shop. I think those that couldn’t make it is blaming piracy but actually, the game is just not that good. Many people, myself included download a pirated game just to see if it fits my style of gameplay and if i will enjoy it, doing so saved me thousands of bad experiences with games like Dishonored and Thief.

    In my opinion, they could have sold GTA5 for R100 and still have made a nice profit, even more than my calculations show because more would have bought it. Not everyone have R900 to spend on one game.

  • Thinus Swart

    The Pirate Bay Bundle does not contain copyrighted software, only freeware. Thus it’s not being pirated, but distributed.

  • hairyback

    I always wait at least a year before I buy a game, that way I get all the DLC’s included and I can normally pick it up for R100 or so. It’s the fans and early adopters that they make all their money off

  • RJM

    I don’t know all those listed, but there are some interesting trends.

    1. A lot of EA games. EA games barely ever go on sale, force the incredibly annoying Origin down your throat and in some cases barely work online (Simcity). While not EA, Max Payne can also be added to this list due to annoying DRM. Kind of hard to to blame people for pirating these.

    2. Banished, Goat Simulator, possibly others. These are games that have not yet been on sale, look like fun to try, but don’t offer enough content to justify the price. May as well add the Sims 3 to this list (lots of content, but due the extremely high price and bugs, this game’s price will never be justified).

    3. CS 1.6. This may as well be freeware by now.

    4. Euro Truck Simulator. This game leaves a lot of people on the fence. Many are vaguely interested, but are too unsure to know if they want to buy it. The Wolf Among Us may be the same.

    5. Minecraft. While very popular, this game never goes on sale and is fairly pricy.

    Overall I’d say game piracy has really turned around in recent years, largely due to affordable digital distribution and the convenience of Steam. Only games and publishers that refuse to accept this modern development seem to be falling to piracy now.

  • YuuZA

    I thought the same until i actually read below what titles from that site :P.

  • Stan Smith

    They have to pay shareholders, they have to pay royalties, they have to pay shipping. There are tons of things they have to pay. Their games takes years to develop, with huge teams and a lot of talent (which is expensive). Things like these aren’t as cheap as you think. I do agree their initial launch prices are rather high ( I remember when GTA 4 came out in 2008 the xbox version was something like R800, which is absurd) , but R600-R700 on current gen consoles is justified.

    And if they sold it for R100, where exactly do they get the money for their next game?

  • Wurnman

    Steam for President…. 😉

  • Wurnman

    Funny thing is, that most console players buy their games and as we know they are more expensive than pc games. Why is that i ask? I would have thought supply and demand would lower the console price and up the pc one.

  • Loman

    The $250million includes everything except the cut that goes to Microsoft and Sony.

    From GTA 5 sales they got over 2600 million.

    I don’t say that they should charge R100 or less for GTA5 from the start, i’m merely pointing out that they could and would still make a profit.

    GTA IV is currently going for less than R80 and M$ and Sounie still need their share as well.

  • Loman

    Good way to save some bucks, but some folks just can’t resist temptation.

  • Loman

    I’m thinking that M$ and Sounie has something to do with the high prices. But even New PC games are starting to become almost as expensive.

    The problem is that there are other crap games like Thief and Dishonored that don’t do very well and as a result don’t bring in as much $$$ as GTA. But even so their starting prices are basically the same.

  • Loman

    NOOO, oh wait, you mean that steam would also promise a bunch of stuff that it won’t deliver on? In that case you are bang on.

    Steam works, except when it doesn’t.

    I have only bought one game from steam and learnt my lesson.

    The constant updates before you can play and huge downloads etc. killed it for me.

    It would be ideal if you have brilliant broadband, sadly I don’t.

    I have to pay 5 times more to get a third of what most rural towns have.

  • Loman

    Just like with Flight Sim X,

  • Loman

    I read years ago that all software even games have a 70 year licence.
    In other words, you can legally download the original GTA without having to pay for it in another 53 years. so CS1.6 still have a while yet before its freeware. but i get your point. CS is probably the most pirated game of all time.

  • Stan Smith

    Nope, the 250 million is what it cost to create the game, aka to pay the talent behind it for their work, not the fat cats at take2 and other stuff.

    I see your calculation is (32.5mil * 800)/10 takes the average price here, in rands. We comprise the small small minority of sales, therefore you have to work with the dollar/euro price. Working with the dollah (60 on amazon), it comes out at 2billion dollahs, rounded off. That is significantly smaller than the 2.6 billion you got.

    They don’t sell the game for 60$, the disties do. So to take a stab in the dark, for a 60$ game you will be looking at 35$ for the game, 10$ for licensing and 15$ store profit. Those are just rough margins I read somewhere a year or two back, but it’s pretty close to the actual breakdown.

  • Red_Baron1234

    I buy games only on sale, but now i have found that the license has expired or I changed my hardware and now it tells me it is already registered. I will find then a copy of the game, but keep the original and then they will call this piracy. Also I will have a copy if the game if the game requires constant swapping of the DVDs

  • Alex Rowley

    A game not being put on sale is hardly a good reason to pirate it and if people think that justifies them to do it then they are straight up delusional. Banished costs $20 which I think is pretty reasonable for a game that was released less than 2 months ago.

    I strongly believe that Piracy is for the most part is not about how much a game costs but the fact that it costs money. People will download a free game simply because it’s free and no other reason. I know people who just go onto Torrent sites and just download the whole front page because they can. So personally I believe that game companies don’t really have to bother trying to stop piracy that much because the people who pirate the games are never going to buy them no matter what the price is.

  • Loman

    aha, I see. Thanks for pointing that out

  • Draco Lusus

    I beg to differ…I used to do that, because I’d been burnt by shitty dev houses. Now, I read reviews carefully and buy on special. Used to pirate cause I was broke. Now, not so broke and smarter to wait for price drops.

  • Wurnman

    I hear a few people complain about Steam, but ive never really had any problems. Back in the day it had its fair share of problems for sure. I have downloaded lots of games on Steam and no issues. I am lucky as you have said, having to download gig’s of data just to play will make anyone rather download it once and play the cracked version that is if you do not have the luxury of fast and uncapped internetz at home.

  • Wurnman

    Just one thing. Why is it then that the actual Dolla price on Steam for a new release is higher than a boxed copy of said game on release? Basically BT games shipps the boxed version for cheaper and sells it for cheaper than Steam’s download version…. You cannot bring in R/$ here

  • Stan Smith

    GTA 5 is on steam?

  • Wurnman

    LOL no dude, why do you say that?

  • Wurnman

    You dont have to wait that long. BT games will sometimes (depending on the game) have it on half price sale in 2-4months. Steam will have it reduced in 6months time. If you only willing to pay 9.99dollah for it then yes wait 1 year. I am also cheap ass mofo, so I sit and wait like yourself.

  • Stan Smith

    Oh we were talking about GTA 5, but I see what you mean, I think.

    This is another discussion but know this : when a new release game is sold cheaper in SA than on steam, it’s because the rand became weaker to the dollah, and retailers in SA sell the new release for the usual price. Let’s say the rand became weaker, and diablo 4 came out with the price tag of 60$. Let’s say 1 dollah equals to R12. SA retailers still sell the game for R600 (The usual price for a 60$ game), but take a knock on their profit.


  • Hayden Campbell

    It depends by company and copyright law. Some can be renewed after the initial time frame.

  • Hayden Campbell

    Well I can think of a couple reasons why console/pc game prices are similar. PC games, higher likelihood/rate of piracy can be weighed against the fact there is no used game market.
    Consoles on the other hand are less likely to be pirated but have a large used game market. Gamestop alone took in over $3 BILLION last year in used game sales.