Please don't take me in the wrong sense. I am not advocating for piracy. In fact I want to know about the advantages of playing with original game CDs so that I can attract gamers in my region, in India, to join my server. Please note that this is not a localized issue again, as piracy is a problem everywhere. As this community being against piracy, I expect to get some good answers/ideas so as to complete my market analysis regarding this.
My own experience and some ideas
I would tell a few things from my own experience. Piracy is very common here in India. To be honest, when we were in college, we used to play lots of games in multiplayer, all with pirated copies, on our college LANs. And after we passed out, I hardly found any friends who had the enthusiasm to play.
So, I was left alone, and then I tried to join the public dedicated servers (those which appear in the list while playing - in the game's interface) but I got kicked out because I was having a pirated copy. Then I started looking for cracked servers. I found a few but they would be either always empty or too far so high in ping etc.
So, I decided to purchase an original CD but now the problem of high ping frustrated me. I was not aware of the problem of absence of dedicated servers around my region because I had never played with original CD before*** (See my point regarding this fact below).
Then I decided to do something about this. But I am not yet sure if I will be able to attract enough passionate gamers to make my local server a self-sustainable one. So, I want to make sure there are indeed good benefits of spending some money to purchase the original CDs and this would be good enough to attract gamers.
Please note that there are passionate gamers everywhere. There might be lot of gamers around me but they might be having their network of friends and might be playing with pirated copies of the game. But, can I make this more attractive and target these passionate gamers.
I was not aware of the problem of absence of dedicated servers around my region because I had never played with original CD before
I guess this lack of knowledge was the main reason I purchased the original CD. But how many around me would be unaware of that. In case, many unaware enthusiast gamers have done this, then they can be my target to join my server.