Yes, which part of 'piracy is theft' did you not understand? Your user base didn't pay for the game, so the developer didn't have any income from their work. That's what happens when something is stolen.
Yes they didn't pay but, they will play it, they will enjoy it, and they will advertise it to their friends, and guess what, I as a gaming studio I will make tons of money out of them, cause a pirated copy is not the full deal.
They will need patches,
They will need support,
They will need a multiplayer service,
They will need a community forum,
They will need Game V2.0,
They will eventually want the printed manual, the nice box,
They will want the special edition minipet, mount, jewelry components for the ship editor, mod,
I can go on...
So why are you talking about theft? I didn't loose anything, in fact I gained potential customers, go and check other industries and how many Millions they spent to gain potential customers. They know this, the market knows this.
This is also how stardock works, all of their games are on torrent sites with everything else, just search, I don't see them shutting down cause of piracy, instead they are growing.
Now if you're making games that suck big time... don't blame piracy for your downfall. In fact you can't download games that suck from torrent sites cause no one is interested in seeding them!!! (The irony!!!)
Also all that talk about right and wrong, black and white, legal or illegal, Good and bad, is just plain silly. Everyone has their own sense of right and wrong, excluding the psychopaths.
I think that the governments and law enforcement agencies, should have more important things to do, than tracking down and locating who file shares "Avatar","Diablo II" and the like causing a mild drop in sales of products that have made their creators millionaires.
The police said that they don't have the resources to track down the people that burgled my neighbor or help him get his stuff back, leaving him in distress. The US government spends millions of the taxpayers money to do what thing? Make Bobby Kotic richer, Hollywood moguls fatter, and give golden boys more dough... now that's theft in plain sight for me.