id: Piracy hurting PC games

Gaming piracy is a top priority in the PC gaming market and the co-owner of id Software (makers of the Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein series) Kevin Cloud spoke out about it at a recent QuakeCon Q&A.

Cloud was quoted as, "Piracy is hard. It's really — from my opinion, destroying the PC market. … when you look out there at the number of games that are getting pirated, it is just devastating. It's the primary reason retailers are moving to the console. It's something that's on every PC developer's mind — on how to reduce [piracy]. Because, if you like the PC, you hate to see it fall lower and lower down."

The CEO of id, Todd Hollenshead, also had some similar comments stating,

"… the problem that this industry faces above all else is the piracy. There is about seventy-percent of the landmass of the world where you can't sell games in a legitimate market, because pirates will beat you to the shelves with your own game. … you may literally have more games being played illegitimately than being played legitimately. So when you're giving up that much market to people who aren't paying for the games, or who are buying the games in ways in which the developers aren't getting paid for it, it creates a big challenge. Not only for the developers and publishers, but also for retailers, because they have to make bets when they buy their game inventory."


Cloud also stated that id does not plan on leaving the PC market. For more details stay tuned to

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