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Pirating PC Games Thought to be Impossible by 2018

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The founder of a leading Chinese pirating forum expects that stealing PC will be a thing of the past as soon as 2018.

As reported by Torrent Freak, the Chinese pirate cracker group 3DM has suggested that anti-pirating technology is moving too fast and is becoming almost unbreakable. He predicts that current trends in encryption will lead to the end of video game piracy by 2018.

The main anti-piracy technology that is proving too stubborn to hack is called Denuvo, which works alongside existing digital rights management solutions like Steam and Origin’s licence accessing systems.

3DM’s founder, who goes by the pseudonym Bird Sister, spoke about the difficulties the faced when trying to crack Just Cause 3, saying that their main hacker almost gave up on the task before completing it a month after its release. FIFA 16 was even more difficult for the pirates to access, taking four months after release.

Despite the sophisticated workings behind the system, Denuvo admit that all games get cracked by pirates eventually. However, an article by Ars Technica notes that due to the main sales period of 30 days after a game’s release, withholding pirates from cracking a game in the period can be considered a success.

Clearly then, as 3DM were unable to crack games like FIFA 16, Just Cause 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition for a month or longer, Denuvo’s anti-piracy measures are proving to be a tough nut to crack.

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