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Pirates: Leave our PC game alone!

\"Crysis 2,\" due to launch on March 22, is one of several games that have recently been pirated and leaked online ahead of their official release dates.
\"Crysis 2,\" due to launch on March 22, is one of several games that have recently been pirated and leaked online ahead of their official release dates.

A group of PC gamers fed up with game pirating, has come to the defense of the development company behind the highly anticipated shooter "Crysis 2."

The players have signed an online petition vowing to purchase a legal copy of the game – a pirated PC version of which was leaked to torrent sites last week.

Fed up with thieves and worried about the impact such ongoing pirating problems have on PC gaming in general, the "Crytek We Care" petition states:

In response to today's Crysis 2 Beta leak, we who sign this online documents pledge to purchase a legal copy of Crysis 2. We also hope that this document shows that Crytek has a loyal PC fanbase that wishes to support their work, not rob them of it like the pirates who have constantly damaged our reputation as a gaming platform.  Crytek, we care.

So far, more than 530 people have signed the petition, which was sent to Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli.

"Crysis 2," due to launch for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 22, is just one of several soon-to-be launched games to be hit by piracy. PS3 exclusive "Killzone 3" (launching Feb. 22) was also leaked this past week, proving that PC games aren't the only problem child. (Check out CrunchGear's look at the history of game pirating.)

Meanwhile, Yerlihas responded to the supportive "Crysis 2" fans in the game's forums saying, "We are all completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from you, our community. Despite this unfortunate incident, we can assure you that PC gaming is very important to us and will always be important to Crytek in the future."

 (Thanks to The Escapist for the heads up)

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Winda Benedetti writes about games  for msnbc.com. You can follow her tweets about games and other things right here on Twitter.