A report filed with the US Trade Representative by the International Intellectual Property Alliance indicates that five countries accounted for 54% of peer-to-peer sharing of game files worldwide in 2010. These were Italy, China, Spain, Brazil and France. Together they accounted for more than 14 times the number of file-sharing detections attributed to subscribers in the US.
"Our industry continues to grow in the U.S., but epidemic levels of online piracy stunt sales and growth in a number of countries, including Italy, China, Spain, Brazil and France, where we see crushing volumes of infringing peer-to-peer activity involving leading game titles.
Game publishers lose opportunities for export sales, and the U.S. loses opportunities to expand our export economy, and consumers in those countries lose local benefits of having a thriving game market.Michael D. Gallagher, (President and CEO) ESA
Testing examined activity related to approximately 230 leading games titles of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in the US. More than 144 million connections were detected in 2010 through over 200 countries worldwide. Italy topped this making up over 30 million of the connections, and the report recommends that Italy remain on the 'Special 301 Watch List', a list that details countries who pose a trade barrier to the US through inadequate protection of intellectual proper rights. Spain is proposed to be elevated to the Priority Watch list due to the lax policies of the Spanish government in relation to piracy. Brazil (Watch List), Canada (Priority Watch List) and China (Priority Watch List) are recommended to keep their current status.