Following the game’s release on
Tuesday, about 120,000 people attempted to play Gas Powered Games’ PC title, Demigod, online. However, only 15% of those connections were genuine purchasers, while the remaining 85%, totaling in at about 102,000 players, are playing via pirated software, according to Stardock CEO Brad Wardell
. Although pirates aren’t actually able to partake in the multiplayer portion of the game, the opening version of Demigod pinged a server for updates upon booting – meaning that every player with an established Internet connection hit the server.
Wardell went on to say that Stardock has spent a lot of time trying to sift out the warez users from the legitimate ones, but that it would require a lot of surgery to actually “break them”. He feels, though, that it is a lose-lose situation because it’s not like there will be an accompanying “ha ha pirate” message to those being cut off from the game – thus resulting in people simply labeling the game buggy.
Being that the company is heavily opposed to invasive DRM, as with other Stardock releases, Demigod shipped without any on-disc copy protection.