Spore is topping some charts no game developer wants to see their title in: the most pirated games of the year. Also, Maxis is the most pirated developer, grabbing the first two places – after Spore, the second most pirated game of 2008 was The Sims 2. Strangely, recently released Grand Theft Auto IV did not make it to the charts – it might be the fact that it’s still early, or the bugs and crashes

The chart presented by Torrent Freaks, shows us that Maxis’ game was downloaded no less than 1,7 million times, while the second placed, the oldie Sims 2 grabbed 1,15 million downloads. With just a bit over one million downloads, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed grabbed the third place. Also, just the top ten most pirated games of 2008 recorded an incredible total of 9 million downloads! And this clearly is one strong enough reason to understand why game developers are so scared by PC development…

Here is the full Top 10 list and the number of downloads for each game, but I am sure that in two weeks from now Rockstar’s GTA IV will enter the top:

1. Spore (1,700,000)
2. The Sims 2 (1,150,000)
3. Assassins Creed (1,070,000)
4. Crysis (940,000)
5. Command & Conquer 3 (860,000)
6. Call of Duty 4 (830,000)
7. GTA San Andreas (740,000)
8. Fallout 3 (645,000)
9. Far Cry 2 (585,000)
10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (470,000)