you mean game manufacturers are already charging fees for access to online servers? good. there are always fees associated with purchases. if it stops piracy, i'm all for it.
Piracy by its very nature avoids all fees and costs associated with digital material. Adding more fees simply increases the amount of money pirates save by pirating. Of course, private servers for games range far and wide. A simple Google search will show you private server communities for games such as World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike: Source, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. These are dedicated, working servers that are available to the pirated community and allow pirated versions of the game to be multiplayer functional.
One of the primary reasons for shifting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Peer 2 Peer through IW.Net from the standard dedicated server setup of previous games was to enable InfinityWard to have content control. This allows them to charge for map packs on the PC, to remove the ability for custom maps and the removal of a pirated community. This is ignorant to the fact that P2P for a Twitch shooter is possibly the most unintelligent game design decision since John Romero unleashed Daikatana upon the world.
Costly servers, always on-line authentication, DRM measures, disc checks, Digital Distribution: none of it stops piracy. None of it.
...Great....nice to see we've gotten even more austere than Elizabethan England where the poor could at least attend the theater in the standing area; now that's what I call progress. If you can't afford to see the movie, than by God, you're going to have to read the book from the local library...
You neglected the part where the poor of today still have freely provided Television programming available to them 24 hours a day, and nearly all cinematic releases are played over said TV for free after a period of allowing the film makers to re-coup their costs by charging for access to the film. Then again, if the poor are too poor to own a TV, chances are they have bigger problems then a lack of entertainment material, such as a need for the basic elementals for survival.