Quote Originally Posted by Mohorovicic View Post
Why pay when you can have same thing for free? It's that simple.
Convenience.

Pirating means having to find a seed, use a crack and take precautions against viruses. Pirating means being on your own for updates and addons and multiplayer.

If a service manages to make all that go away - with consistent downloads and autopatching and support - and doesn't add any problems of its own - with intrusive DRM - and it keeps its prices within the realm of feasibility - with Russian- and soon Brazilian-specific pricing - then it might actually be able to compete with free games.

Indeed, the quality of the game need not come into the equation.