Watch Dogs torrent installing Bitcoin miner on unsuspecting pirates' PCs

By Jos
May 26, 2014
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  1. Watch Dogs isn't officially out until this Tuesday, May 27, but the highly anticipated game has already made its way into the hands of some gamers -- either through retailers breaking the street date or leaked copies on torrent sites....

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  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    Lol. 'watch dogs' game gets pirated. pirates need watch dogs to guard them against the pirated game's built-in bitcoin miner.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Serves them right for pirating the game early in my opinion. Game companies work hard on making a game like this just so some people can illegally pirate it and then we wonder why we can't get more AAA titles on the market.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,158   +197

    Due to the review embargo until day of release, the overall underwhelming reviews so far. Plus the lack of any demo and the difficulty involved in returning PC games.

    I suspect ubi is trying to pull a fast one. And am glad of the opportunity to try before I buy.
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Wait I have not been paying attention to the reviews of this game, are they really saying its not very good? I guess im going to look this up and see whats what.

    Edit: Oh wow a couple 7's from the independent sites, guess its not living up to the hype after all, I still will probably grab a copy.
    Last edited: May 26, 2014
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I gotta say this is a very clever way of getting a miner onto systems... but at the same time it is a bit douchey.
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  7. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 218   +64

    So, they're hacking your computer, for downloading a hacked copy of a game that's about hacking everything. Seems perfect to me.
    Jad Chaar, Alpha Gamer and wastedkill like this.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    What?! To start, your first sentence makes no sense or is incomplete, you're talking like demo's are the norm, and "returning" PC games have always been a problem since they require keys to be entered during installation, and/or are tied to the original installers' email account.
  9. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,158   +197

    All you just did was reiterate the points I made.
  10. Who told you that?? There were no bitcoin miners in cracks, well actually people only said that for 3DM release. I didn't find anything suspicious, nor anyone else that I know. Steam006 "patch" doesn't have any virus nor RELOADED version, everything is working great.

    I bought game after I played for like 30min, but damn they need to fix that stupid car handling, it is retarded.
  11. "hefty hardware specs", the game doesn't even look so great, barely an improvement over last gen console games.
  12. I think the actual reason behind the dearth of AAA titles is greed and laziness, in that order and on both sides of the cash register.

    Greedy companies who want more money and don't want to pay higher wages, coders and designers who demand retarded wages for their work and publishers who can't seem to make enough money ever (EA) who resort to all manner of cost cutting and profiteering have learned that lazy brained apologists and consumers with low standards will pay them for anything they turn out as long as it's properly hyped.

    Some game developers have worked out methods of getting paid AHEAD of doing any work at all (crowd funding). It's pathetic.

    I hope the gaming industry crashes so greedy capitalists can shove off and leave the game making to game makers who code for the love of it and, subsequently, turn out better quality games.
  13. You must have been gaming for all of 2 years.
  14. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +6

    I wonder what miner they used? Cgminer is quarantined by Avast and possibly many other anti-virus scanners.. then again there are a lot of people around that don't use antivirus.
  15. FPS_Machete_HD

    FPS_Machete_HD TS Rookie

    LOLZ you took the words out my fingertips! Serves them right indeed!
  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    Your first sentence still doesn't make sense. Due to the embargo early reviews are poor???
    Beta's/demos are available for a handful of AAA titles.
    Returning/selling PC games has always been hard/impossible
    Last edited: May 26, 2014
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    I been gaming long enough to know not every game gets a demo or beta, so to count that as a con is silly at best.
  18. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,158   +197

    My first sentence was, "Due to the review embargo until day of release"

    Ubisoft have decided that this game will have no official review until the game is for sale.

    That means you must buy the game before you know if its good or bad. If ubisoft have so little confidence in their own product why should anyone else?

    Its a lot easier to cancel a pre order than return a crappy game after all?
  19. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    That does not explain how your sentence reads. It's borderline bad english or just bad sentence structure. No I'm not grammar police, it just doesn't make any sense.
    Review embargos are NORMAL! This is not news to anyone.
  20. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,158   +197 to the review embargo until day of release

    I appear to not be alone in my opinion. Note the lack of the words watch dogs in the search terms and the presence of the words watch dogs in the results.

    If your still having trouble reading and understanding simple english language I suggest you take some lessons instead of blaming other people for your problems.
    Last edited: May 26, 2014
  21. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

  22. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

  23. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,158   +197

    Hell. If it does not make sense to you I can only apologise on behalf of the education system in your area.
  24. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 309   +92

    That's only a scapegoat and there are factual reports abound how they're severely inflated. It's because there are not as many consumers, so they deem it an unworthy investment, which makes no sense because they are still making money (my business principals say go for even if I only make $5,which is opposite of the big guys). If any of it were true, then why would any publisher/developer make a game for PC? There would be virtually nothing.

    Piracy exists on the consoles too, which I know everyone here is aware of. With the amount of console owners, it's likely there's a comparatively large amount in that user base too.
  25. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 328   +89


    The funniest thing would be if some websites actually compared the performance between the official copy and the pirated one. If anything, it would bring awareness to the issue and drive more sales.

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