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Would Pirates Have Bought Crysis?

Edge Online has some quotes from Harald Seeley taken from an upcoming interview with the Engine Business Manager at Crytek about controversial remarks by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli about the dire impact of PC piracy on sales of Crysis (story). Harald concedes that not everyone who pirated their first-person shooter would have bought it, but he thinks there is an argument to be made that those still playing the game and downloading patches (they apparently still have more active users than unit sales) could be considered lost customers: "I think we can safely say if they were still playing the game by the time our latest patch released, and if they were playing on a pirated copy, then they were a sale that didn’t happen but probably would have had it not been possible to obtain the game illegally." He also makes observations about DRM, saying: "For example, the consoles themselves are, in one sense, simply very good DRM technologies that consumers welcome and pay for, in order to receive the benefits that come with them…"

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