Actually, that's not what they claimed at all.
They said all Crysis games were profitable.
But they also claimed that without piracy spoiling their sales could have been three or four times better.
Which honestly I find a very silly claim, more wishful thinking that something grounded in reality.
I remember after the Crysis 2 alpha build leaked early, people actually preordering the game because they liked what they played.
tragic, if you're reading this, are you working for Crytek now? Can you say?