Sony: PSP Piracy Levels Are 'Sickening'

2008 was not a banner year for the PSP in North America, with a software release list that could nicely be called thin. That was in part due to developers nearly abandoning the platform.

Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, tells Gamasutra that third-party publishers were "just about ready to jump off the cliff and pull support for the platform," some of which may be chalked up to massive amounts of PSP software piracy.

Dille says that "piracy has taken out a big chunk of our software sales on PSP" and that the company is pursuing both legal and educational efforts to decrease it.

"It's not good for us, but it's not good for the development community," Dille tells Gamasutra. "We can look at data from BitTorrent sites from the day Resistance: Retribution goes on sale and see how many copies are being downloaded illegally, and it's frankly sickening. We are spending a lot of time talking about how we can deal with that problem."

One of those changes may be a move to more digitally distributed titles, as games like echochrome and Patapon 2 go download only.

Sony: Piracy Has Taken 'Big Chunk Of Game Sales' From PSP [Gamasutra]


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    But the PAL version of Patapon 2 is releasing on UMD... which won't really help things along. It's either all or nothing with the digital distribution.

    Same with the DS, really. I honestly feel like I'm the only person I know that actually buys games...

      A DS title holds the record for most units sold, I wouldn't be too worried about piracy for that system.

        Still that's money in Nintendo's pocket, not the game developers.

        i would be, i work in an eb store, and no joke, every 10th customer asks us if we sell;

        "those games that have 100 games built in"
        "those chip things"

        etc.

    What's all this goody two shoes 'pirating is bad dude' nonsense. Is this the internet or not? Don't you download movies? Don't you download TV shows? Have you never heard of Mininova? For #($k's sake, come to realize it already, this is not the 1990s anymore. The faster media distributing companies, and I'm talking the entire entertainment industry here, understand that they need new distribution techniques, the faster this problem will be addressed. Remember CDs? Or even vinyl records? Its all dying. The days of physical media have passed. The longer companies choose to ignore this, the longer their profits will take beatings from piracy. They are fighting a wave that they simply can't beat. So the Pirate Bay got a legal slap on the wrist, it doesn't matter, its like Napster all over again. There will be other ways, other methods to bypass the corporate sales techniques to get your entertainment. BUT, look at iTunes. Now there is a model that all these companies whining about piracy need to look at. I buy stuff from iTunes, I also buy digital music from other vendors, because guess what, its cheaper. Why? Because maybe they realize now that the music wasn't really worth $30. Get a clue, digital distribution with user names, password protection and limited downloads of the product is the future. The gaming industry knows it, they're just trying to milk the last remnants of the physical media age. I for one won't be duped by that crap.

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