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Punch Club did great in Steam and it was quite a success for tinyBuild and Lazy Bear Games, since it sold more than 300,000 copies.
These numbers feel superb for a newly released game in 2015, but there is another number that might raise some questions about pirated games. According to stats collected by Alex Nichiporchik of tinyBuild, at least 1.6 million people have pirated Punch Club. That’s five times more than it has sold legitimately on Steam.
According to these stats, the game appeared on torrent websites within hours of its original launch last year. Brazilian gamers were the most active ones, with 11,627 copies downloaded illegally in Brazil, on the day tinyBuild added Portuguese language localisation packs. Russia and China followed in second and third place.
Brazil’s first place doesn’t come out of nowhere, since we have to keep in mind that games are very expensive in Brazil, due to high taxes. Punch Club was pirated 1,137,000 times on PC, Mac and Linux and 514,000 times on mobile devices.
The highest number of paid downloads happened in Germany, with the United States and France being placed in the second and third place. Again, Germany’s top spot has some reasons behind it, since there are many German online stores with great price drops and excellent sales for Steam games.
You can take a look at the full post to get an even better picture of these stats around Punch Club’s story so far.