|I believe that software piracy must come to an end and that StarForce and the likes are necessary. And if you're wary of StarForce then you don't even want to think about TCPA.... |
Imposible. Many people/groups crack games as a hobby, not because they wanted a free game. The harder the protection, the more the thrill, and the more enjoyment they get out of cracking it.
From the searches i looked into, about 10,000 copies have been pirated. Of those 10,000 only 1/4-1/2 have pirated a cracked update. How many of these pirates would ever purchase any game? How many are going to decide they want to purchase it now that they've played it and like it? Take the total pirated copies and subtract the sum of the value of the last 2 questions to give you the actual lose in sales.
While not totally related/relevent to the gaming industry, Anime "pirating" has actually caused an increase in popularity of Anime in the US. The American market for Japanese Anime would be drasticly smaller compared to it's now rapidly increasing growth.