Anti-piracy software forces pirate group to give up on cracking games

Anti-piracy software forces pirate group to give up on cracking games

Notorious China-based pirate group/forum, 3DM, recently announced its partial withdrawal from the cracking game in order to measure how this will effect sales in the gaming industry.

Following an internal meeting earlier in 2016, group leader Bird Sister informed that “starting at the Chinese New Year [on February 8], 3DM will not [be] crack[ing] any single-player games” for at least a year.

Known for cracking GTA V and FIFA 15, 3DM attracts millions of pirate-gamers to its forum on a monthly basis, which means that the team’s decision to temporarily suspend cracking single-player games might have immense impact on the gaming industry.

The 3DM team claims it will reassess the situation once there is more data available on how the decision to back away from cracking single-player games is influencing sales numbers.

Earlier in January the pirating group voiced its concerns about the uncertain future of pirated games in view of evolving anti-piracy technology. Alluding to the difficulties 3DM has lately had with cracking games, the pirating group singled out the success of Denuvo Anti-Tamper – an encryption system developed by the Austrian company Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH.

Games such as FIFA 16 and Just Cause 3, both of which use Denuvo protection, remain uncracked months after release. In fact, the last game to have been cracked in less than 30 days was Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was released in 2014.

With these developments in mind, lovers of pirate gaming must be asking themselves the question: how long before the gaming industry finally takes the lead in the race against piracy?


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