The most popular torrent file for StarCraft II has been downloaded over 2.3 million times via BitTorrent clients. The amount of data transferred due to illegal downloads totals 15.77 petabytes. That’s according to TorrentFreak, which recently reviewed some of the most memorable torrent files since BitTorrent was first released in 2001.
To put the mind boggling numbers into perspective, one petabyte (PB) is about 1,024 terabytes (TB) or 1,048,576 gigabytes (GB). That means the total amount of data transferred from pirated versions of StarCraft II accounts for over 16 million gigabytes. That’s a lot of data!
Although the popular torrent file for StarCraft II may account for the most data transferred, the total file size of the torrent was 7.19GB. TorrentFreak cites a torrent file containing a collection of all the 2010 World Cup soccer matches as the single largest torrent file in history, which is a whopping 746.7GB.
Despite the rampant piracy, StarCraft II still sold well. Over 1.5 million units were sold within the first 48 hours after the game launched earlier this year. Blizzard Entertainment later reported that over 3 million copies of StarCraft II were sold worldwide during the first month of release.
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