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Report: Movoto maps the most torrented games in America
Report: Movoto maps the most torrented games in America
August 14, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

Update: Torrent Freak reports that Movoto's maps do not accurately reflect the torrent data it surveyed, and posits that researchers may have misread the data -- which itself may contain some fake torrent files. We've reached out to the real estate company for more information on the veracity of their research.

Original story: Real estate company Movoto likes to post geographic infographics (infogeographics?) to its blog, and a recent entry addressing U.S. torrenting habits by state has some interesting takeaways for game developers.

If Movoto's data is accurate, Kansas is a hotbed of game torrenting and -- while the lion's share of America is downloading copies of Watch Dogs -- an indie affair like Garry's Mod is one of the most popular torrented games in the biggest state in the country.

In the post, Movoto representative Chris Kolmar lays out a series of U.S. maps that seem to show how the most popular torrent traffic travels through states and which states are torrenting the most movies, TV shows and video games.

The company created the maps based on the location of file seeding nodes for the top 300 most popular torrents at the time of survey. Movoto claims to have surveyed hundreds of copyrighted games, movies and TV shows torrented through nearly 4 million nodes by nearly 3 million unique IP addresses.

We've taken the liberty of sharing two of the most relevant Movoto data maps below -- the most popular torrented game by state and the volume of game torrent traffic by state -- and it's worth checking out the rest of the company's report on the Movoto blog to see their data on movie torrents, TV show torrents and torrent habits in general. Kansas, for example, is shown to have remarkably low torrent traffic -- except when it comes to games.

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Craig Jensen
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I love the variety in most torrented movie by state. It is nice to see that every movie has its day in some part of the USA.

Some of the other categories are pretty homogeneous, but it seems like people like different movies in different parts of the USA.

E Zachary Knight
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Wait. What? Oklahoma seems to have a relatively high torrenting rate, but can't seem to torrent anything good? What are the people in Oklahoma doing?

Michael Thornberg
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:) Let's see how many seconds it takes for the marketing guys to try and capitalize on that map. Building ads for belived target audiences. Not that it's anything wrong with it, but I can totally see that happen :)

Chris Dias
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Garry's Mod? Seriously?