Someone Inside The Vatican Is Pirating Video Games

Someone Inside The Vatican Is Pirating Video Games

Last year’s version of divorce simulator Football Manager contained an interesting hidden secret: there was code inside that let the developers track the IP of everybody who pirated a copy of the game.

Speaking at the London Games Conference, attended by MCV, the results the developers disclosed are fascinating. Over 10 million copies were passed around illegally, with the naughtiest nations responsible being China, Turkey and Portugal.

Italy was also up there in the rankings though, and of the 547,000 copies Sega were able to trace to the country, one was from inside the Vatican.

Maybe that’s why Pope Benedict XVI went into retirement earlier this year…

While 10 million pirated copies is cause for alarm, Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson is realistic about what it actually meant for his studio, saying that one pirated copy did not equal one sale lost. By their calculations, it added up to 176,000 lost sales, or $US3.7 million in revenue.

LGC: 10.1m people illegally downloaded Football Manager 2013 [MCV]


  • The Vatican will just deny it ever happened and quietly relocate the pirater to another congregation.

    • This article is very ambiguous the Vatican is actually a small town or district in Roma there is actually housing within the confindes of Vaticano… so before you morons insinuate the Catholic Church has anything to do with piracy you should get educated

      • Everyone who lives in the ‘Vatican City’ is either a clergyman, officials of the state or part of the Swiss Guard (who from my understand must be Catholic in order to be posted in the Vatican City).

        The chance of someone living within the confines of Vatican City and not being associated with the Catholic Church are pretty much slim to none.

      • … as opposed to what they’re actually guilty of? Condoning piracy would, at this point, be a solid PR strategy.

  • To be fair, the Vatican isn’t the house in which the Pope and his staff live, it’s an entire city, so it could be an atheist pirating games. And besides, they’re too busy having money fights and covering up pedophilia cases 24/7 to waste time pirating games.

  • Are games expensive in the Vatican? Maybe he pirated it as a protest against the Vatican Tax (or do they call it the Vatican Tithe over there?)

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