Denuvo: Will it affect Indian gaming scene ?

FireShot Screen Capture #005 - 'Denuvo' - www_denuvo_com

 

So for quite some time I’ve seen members of many Facebook gaming groups fuss about how Rise of The Tomb Raider and Far Cry: Primal is gonna have Denuvo anti tamper solutions(In short, DRM for DRM).

Reactions among the gaming community was mixed, to put it mildly. Some of them were ecstatic that the piracy numbers would go down while others seemed miffed at the idea that their access to “free” games was going to be restricted.

I for one was sitting at the sidelines and was deciding for five days whether to write this or not.

Add an article by Kitguru which said that 3DM’s finding it hard to circumvent Denuvo now and well, the fire was lit.

But I thought, how will it affect the Indian gaming scene ? Because let’s all agree to one thing- PC Gaming in India kicked off thanks to pirated games(Casual gaming i.e. and not E-Sports)

So what is this Denuvo?

To understand the nature of this scourge of pirates you need only look towards the official site:

 

Denuvo Anti-Tamper technology prevents the debugging, reverse engineering and changing of executable files to strengthen the security of games. It is not a DRM solution, but rather, Denuvo Anti-tamper protects DRM solutions, such as Origin Online Access or the Steam license management system, from being circumvented.

Well in short, Denuvo is the DRM for the DRM(Even though they don’t call it DRM basically). Now first thing which hits my eye after visiting their website is

Denuvo is the new company formed from a management buyout of the
Sony DADC DigitalWorks team, the team that developed best-of-breed copy protection systems like SecuROM for games

SECUROM ! Yes. These are the same people who created that wretched DRM once.

SO WHAT ? IT IS GONNA GET CRACKED! Right?

It will. Infact, the previous version of Denuvo has definitely been cracked. But for how long ? games like Fifa 16, Just Cause 3, Rise of Tomb raider using the v4 Denuvo is still uncrackable. So, chances of losing your “Free games” in coming years shouldn’t be out of question here.

So there. I answered the commonly asked question here. Now back to the topic.

 So how does this affects us?

So the Indian gaming scene here is definitely not limited to the eSports games and Clash of clans. So, how will it affect the gaming scene here ? Do remember that most of us did start gaming thanks to piracy.

 

The positive side will be that, the number of  legit gamers in the market will increase. The inability to buy pirated games will compel the gamers here to go for legit games. Apart from that, the advent of online shops such as Gameskart.com, Reapershop.com and others are selling digitized version of games below the original price. Moreover, Steam’s quarterly season sales and flash sales are already aiding the cause of the legit gamer.

 

The negative impact will be that Indian gaming scene might minimize. We do have to remeber that the majority of gamers here do belong to the category of school goers and college students. Consequently, paying premium money for retail games will become difficult. Apart from that, parents are not supportive of this hobby and the internet infrastructure here is still not up the mark for people to go the digital download route.

 

So there, that was my take on this topic, now what does the gaming populace had to say about this ? I would’ve discussed about this with industry veterans but, don’t have resources or connections. So, yeah.

 

  • People’s Opinion:

Animesh Gupta(Gamer):

People without the money to buy the expensive AAA titles in places like India and places like russia where most games are banned, those people are gonna suffer the most

“Dafaq Das” (Online Handle):

I don’t totally go against it.I mean piracy shouldn’t totally cease otherwise we will lose the ability to actually test how a game is before buying it.Ok, some people here have money enough to not even repent after buying a shitty title but I don’t so I guess piracy should be on a low scale level for just testing out the game before buying it.

Milan Tom:

It would be like the situation when there are no government run hospitals in the country, private hospitals would charge people higher rates…. similarly gaming companies would be able to increase the price tags of the games and people would have no choice, but to buy the original game… that’s it

Abhishek Wilson:

Denuvo Anti Temper is quite a Challenging technology for the Crackers…Just Cause 3 and FIFA 16 didn’t got cracked yet because they use it, Even 3DM (Which is the biggest cracker of games) told that they tried very hard and almost gave their hope while cracking Just Cause 3…Anyways thay said that they’ll try again and maybe….Eventually it’ll get Cracked either by 3DM or any other Crackers but it’ll take some time, Also Denuvo is a very Expensive Technology so all the Developers doesn’t use it to Cut their Cost…..Almost 75% people in India Play pirated games….So if Denuvo never got Cracked (Which is hard to believe) there won’t be or might be a little Rise in the Sale of games, However the Developers may Charge high prices for their games….And the Games might not get as Popular as they might have been Otherwise(If it would have got Cracked)…..And also the Developers can think of Releasing Console Only Titles for PC if Denuvo gets succeeded…And at the global level, the Developers can’t expect a great Rise in their Sales…But yeah, they’ll get Security for their games.

Pankaj Kumar:

Nope people will eventually find a loophole in it also & get on . That’s how Life works

Setanjan Roy:

Its gonna drastically affect piracy i guess . And it could affect gaming overall . Think about it . We all got into games cos of piracy . If there are no pirated games who knows how new gamers will get into gaming . F2P games maybe . The Indian gaming scene as we all know is full of pirates . Some of them will turn to buying games which is a good thing . But most will stop playing new games

So there you have it. Only time will tell what will happen in the future but it will definitely affect the PC gaming scene.

Sampad Banerjee

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  • KlobTwit

    Ankans name tho >> anyway nice article but maybe being able to benchmark our system with a particular game before buying it would solve a lot of problems

  • Tanmay Upadhyay

    Ok so now Denuvo is here and now people all over the internet are having a bag full of comments on it.Some say its a Bad move and specifically too bad for India and other Countries with same traits as India in specific fields.Gaming is just a Big Universe i should say which is not being understood by people here properly.Parents dont wanna buy games which cost a bulk (legit ones) so the indian gamer has no choice but to turn to piracy until he grows old enough to save some money and spend it on legit games . Now thats how i grew up.But now we also use piracy as a tool to Judge the game before buying it which is being snatched away with DENUVO (v4).It Promotes Legit Gaming ofcourse. People will lean towards Steam more.For the Final words in INDIAN GAMING SCENE , Anti-Piracy affects people differently.For me Its still a good idea but for others it is like “THE GROWTH OF GAMING INDUSTRY AND SUPPORT FOR IT IN INDIA WILL DECREASE FOR INITIAL YEARS”. I said this because ive head this statement many times over the Internet.I cant gurantee its LEGITIMACY but i could surely say its Blizzard we are in .Just cant say about what will come next. A Cliffend or A Sunshine .

  • Setanjan Roy

    The issue of being able to test a game before buying would be solved if devs bothered to release demos like they did before . I just hope that once piracy is reduced drastically they dont just up and go and raise the prices sky high.