Battlefield: Hardline’s Hidden DRM Locks Your Account on Too Many Hardware Changes
Battlefield: Hardline apparently has a DRM hidden deep within its files, which detects changes being done to your hardware. Too many will cause it to lock your account permanently.
The discovery was made by PC hardware website Guru3D, whose Hilbert Hagedoorn was testing out the game’s performance on multiple graphics cards. Replacing the cards caused the game to lock the user out with the message: “Too many computers have accessed this account’s version of Battlefield: Hardline Digital Deluxe Edition recently. Please try again later.”
“Here’s what EAs DRM is doing,” Hagedoorn wrote. “They don’t just verify the number of PCs you work on slash use, nope .. they dare to monitor hardware changes now, which I am sure is a privacy breach on many levels. So once we insert new hardware (graphics cards) the hardware id # hash changes and if that happes a couple of times they are rendering your activation invalid.”
If this is a standard that EA is going for, then we can pretty much say goodbye to performance reviews. EA has yet to give an official statement in response to this DRM discovery, and I for one will not be surprised if it cites a reason to battle piracy.