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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Leak Lawsuit

Square Enix is suing a group of 15 "Italian nationals" for leaking a preview build of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to torrent sites a couple of months ago, reports Kotaku. Word is: "As part of court filings issued last month in Washington, Square Enix accuse the fifteen of logging into the servers where the demo was hosted using the access information of an Italian games magazine (GMC), where they found the preview build of the game, copied it and uploaded it onto the internet."

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82. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Leak Lawsuit Jul 7, 2011, 02:05 Jerykk
Regardless of how good the leaked version is or isn't, regardless of where it was stored to make it convenient for press to get access to it, regardless of whether or not this illegitimate copy of the game leads to word of mouth sales...the bottom line is someone stole credentials, downloaded a piece of software they didn't have any right to download and then, redistributed it over the internet. All before the game has been released.

As mentioned earlier, nobody is questioning the illegality of the act. The question is whether or not the act had a positive long-term effect on DX:HR's success. After playing the leak, I decided to pre-order the game. Based on what I've read here and on other forums, many people did the same. I don't think I saw a single comment saying "God, this game sucks. I'm going to cancel my pre-order!" Legal or not, the leak has given DX:HR a lot of positive word of mouth. After the debacle of DX:IW, that's definitely a good thing.

The only downside to the leak is that publishers probably won't be so willing to give out PC builds for previews anymore. Then again, most publishers only give out X360 builds for previews anyway so it probably won't matter much.
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