And how much piracy did the companies that didn't use ANY DRM end up with? I remember reading the company that made the huge space simulator (sorry i can't remember the name, solar empire maybe
? Not into space sims much) said they were looking at 90% piracy rates and other companies that have gone 100% DRM free have reported similar numbers. And all you have to do is look on any P2P to find the GOG installers all over the place, all it takes is one douchebag to ruin it for everybody, in fact I just used a couple of P2P search engines and typed "GOG" and found there is a couple of guys offering entire genres from GOG on
So I'm sorry but the numbers simply don't back up your assertion because we have ample evidence if there is ZERO cracking required, no matter how good the game, the piracy numbers just shoot through the roof. Does this mean the DRM has to be nasty? of course not, Valve has doubled their profits SEVEN YEARS in a row and they have one of the easiest to crack DRM schemes out there, in fact you can go to gamecopyworld and hack any game in minutes...which misses the point. The point is humans are LAZY and easily discouraged and even a simple DRM scheme can turn losses into sales, believe me I know as I've been selling PCs to average Joes since the VIC-20 was being hawked by The Shat and you'd be surprised how many are reluctant to use a crack even for interoperability, such as those i use when a person has an older game with a 16bit installer or 32bit DRM and they've bought a 64bit PC from me, so I have seen it with my own two peepers.
With triple A games costing 50 million plus you simply can't afford 90% loss rates, you just can't. no DRM is fine for ancient games that have made back their money like on GOG, its fine for little indie games (although I would argue that losses hurt them more than say Gearbox or EA) but as we have seen time after time if people can get it for free without any real effort? THEY WILL.
I mean if you need any further proof just look at TFA? The poster is bleeding to death thanks to piracy, so if your theory held water shouldn't he be just fine? Or are you gonna use the "If his stuff was better I wouldn't steal it" excuse the pirates use?