EA did a good job to add DRM-ON on SimCity, but what happened to the game is unbelievable. Full of issues and game crashes occured, just because of DRM-ON, apparently it wasnt correctly made. Thus why EA promised to not feature drm-no(Only Sims, I dont know if this applies to other games).
The only job to stop piracy is either, DRM-ON on their games(Worst idea), features that need connection, like this game Prison Architect, workshop, mods...genuine key to those who buy it, again, like prison architect or other games which have private official wiki that need only genuine username, etc. Ban torrent websites(Will never happen..), full control by Police(Never, needs money) and finally, ban PC, or any forms that have torrent which will never happen.
Piracy will probably for sure, ruin the future companies but we will see...At the moment, The Sims 3 is the 1# pirated game, but managed to get some good sales and is going for sequel.
As i said before, being anti-piracy isn't just about finding way to stop pirates. Cause that is just flat out impossible. Given time, pirates will
find a way around them. Didnt take long for them to beat the drm-on of simcity. The only way to truly beat the pirates is offering a better service than them. IV do this well, with forum access, workshop etc and other perks to benefit buying the game.
As for the game pirates ruining future companies, I believe this is a false claim. I (and a group) did a report for university a few years ago that actually looked into the effects of piracy on companies. We did not find a direct link between high piracy and low sales anywhere in the gaming industry. What we actually found mirrored xander's comments, where high pirated games were also the highest selling games. From a survey, we also found that 93% out of 500 surveyed (approx, cant remember the whole number) of people that pirated games actually paid for the game or deleted it afterwards.
There was however, one area for question in our research. We wasn't focusing just on games, we was focusing on computer software as a whole. Now although game pirates seem to stick to the moral high ground, either buying or deleting the game, the same people in some cases download and keep other types of software packages. Whether it be Adobe packages, Microsoft Office or even operating systems, the same 'pirates' will happily download this software to use intentionally because of the high price tag.
Consideration needs to be taken when talking about these types of topics. People seem to target the whole pirating industry as one, but it is split down widely. Music, Movie, Games, Software, Adult Content, Books, Picture Sets.. there are all different streams that all affect the companies in a completely different way and have different effects on the company.