Video Game Piracy Losses in North America

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada stated that the computer game industry in the United States and Canada loses up to $3.5 Billion a year to pirated video games. The losses to piracy is equal to about one-fifth of the total value of the video game market.

Worldwide, the hand-held video game market loses $8.1 Billion a year to piracy.

Source:  Joseph de Weck and Marie Mawad, “Free Online Games Sink Pirates to Unlock Emerging-Market Growth,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 27, 2012.