Piracy has been around for a long time, and fighting it with anti-theft software hasn’t proved to be very successful. However, with the advancements in encryption technology, software companies such as Denuvo Software Solutions have been able to develop anti-tampering software that are proving very tough to crack, even for major pirate groups.
Just Cause 3 is one of the PC games that use Denuvo anti-tamper software. After the release of this highly anticipated game in 2015 many expected to see the game being cracked and made available on different pirate sites. However an announcement hit the community, and it surprised us all. The notorious Chinese hacking group 3DM claimed the game being near uncrackable.
The leader of the group, going by the name ‘Bird Sister,’ claimed that the game was proving extremely difficult to crack. In fact, Bird Sister said that current anti-piracy technology was becoming so good that in two years there might not be pirated games anymore.
Following all this comes another unforseen announcement (via TorrentFreak). 3DM says it will stop working on sinlge-player PC game cracks for at least a year. However, not because of how difficult it has become, but to see how sales of PC games get affected. “We just had an internal meeting. Starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games,” Bird Sister said.
“We’ll take a look at the situation in a year’s time to see if genuine sales have grown,” she wrote on her personal blog. Without any doubt, this move will prove to be a major blow to 3DM’s international fan base and the people who rely on the group for getting their copies of latest PC games free of cost. The group, however, decided to remain active in translating games to local Chinese for their domestic market.
There is no solid data present that details the effect of piracy on the financial gains of major publishers. But it is a clear fact that piracy is a legitimate concern and a nuisance towards progress.
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