The Championship Manager series suffers from a massive 90 percent piracy rate. That’s according to Beautiful Game Studios’ general manager Roy Meredith. Speaking in an interview with CVG, Meredith said, “That’s not just a number in the air, we can measure it and we know that there are a huge amount of pirated copies.”
“There’s a real issue around DRM … I’d love to defeat pirates, but actually, with all this mess on Spore and Football Manager, which I haven’t been able to play this year… I spent about three hours trying to go through this registration process and I really want to play it but I’ve got other things to do with my life.” According to Meredith, there are alternative ways of combating game piracy. “One is to compete price-wise. We haven’t got to pay royalties to Sony or Microsoft, so we can go into territories and price compete.”
Championship Manager 2009 hits torrents stores in April.