In the future, pirating games may be impossible

In the future, pirating games may be impossible

It's something we take for granted: every time a new movie, game or piece of software is released, someone will pirate it. Often popular pieces of media are available online even before they show up on official channels.

But that does take effort. Enterprising crackers have to spend hours, day, weeks even working away at the latest DRM standards and game data to try and bypass security to make them available online for free. And that just may not be possible in the future.

This proclamation came from the founder of the 3DM cracker forum (thanks TF) who said that she had had their release group's cracker working away on the DRM system for Just Cause 3 since its release, more than a month at this point, and he still hadn't figure out how to get it to work without a legitimate license.

The problem stems from a new piece of anti-tamper technology called Denuvo, which prevents other DRM systems like SECUROM from being worked on. That means that to get the game working without a legitimate license, the crackers have to first break Denuvo and then break the latest version of whatever DRM system the game is using. Considering the former is constantly being updated, that's no easy task.

Although the 3DM head does believe that before long the latest version of Denuvo will be broken open, they aren't confident that that will always be the case. In the future, games may just not be pirateable like they once were.

Fortunately then buying games legitimately is easier and cheaper than ever thanks to all of the different platforms and regular sales.