Piracy has been shown to still be alive and well this week in the video game industry. Denuvo Anti-Tamper, the anti-tampering software used by such properties as Origin and Steam, has finally been hacked by the Chinese hacker group 3DM.
3DM had previously been said to be struggling to crack the security around games such as FIFA ‘16 and Just Cause 3. FIFA ‘16 was protected from being cracked for four months.
3DM had also predicted an end to video game piracy within two years due to the increasing amount of time that it takes for pirates to crack the DRM coding that protects video games from being played illegally.
However, with this news, it would appear that their estimate might have just gone up. 3DM’s founder “Bird Sister” weighed in on her estimate a short time ago:
‘I still believe that this game can be compromised, but according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world’.
Denuvo is expensive to license, though increasing online components naturally protect games from pirates. Piracy is responsible for a great deal of lost revenue from publishers and developers.
One developer, Greenheart Games, even put out two different versions of its Game Dev Tycoon game: one with DRM, and one without.
The game without DRM was pounced upon by pirates, and the developer’s forums were soon inundated with angry “players” that expressed outrage at the seemingly legitimate version of the game being impossible to do well in, due to piracy impacting sales of the player’s created games to such a degree that the studio is forced to close.
The legitimate copy with DRM, however, does not have this “issue”. Game Dev Tycoon is currently $9.99 on Steam. I am also curious what will happen to Far Cry Primal as it’s release is just around the corner and the game does use the Denuvo anti-tamper technology. What do you think?