Entries in 'piracy' (32)

Want to beat piracy? Drop DRM, CD Projekt says

Want to beat piracy? Drop DRM, CD Projekt says

The Witcher 3 has sold nearly 10m copies and launched on PC without any in-built anti-piracy measures. Which should tell you something, Marcin Iwinski argues.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 19th 2016 at 3:23PM in News
Sega Saturn's DRM cracked after 22 years

Sega Saturn's DRM cracked after 22 years

The Sega Saturn was first released in Japan in November 1994. Now, in July 2016, the console’s piracy protection has finally been cracked.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 12th 2016 at 12:21PM in News
Hacker claims to have cracked Denuvo DRM

Hacker claims to have cracked Denuvo DRM

The current king of PC games security is looking a little less secure on its throne.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 6th 2016 at 11:56AM in News
Quantum Break forces eyepatch onto pirates and those not logged into Windows Store

Quantum Break forces eyepatch onto pirates and those not logged into Windows Store

Remedy has repeated its comedy anti-piracy measure from Alan Wake in recent PC release Quantum Break.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 6th 2016 at 3:30PM in News

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How TinyBuild plans to take on the pirates

How TinyBuild plans to take on the pirates

TinyBuild’s new game Punch Club has garnered its fair share of headlines since it debuted in January. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Apr 4th 2016 at 2:19PM in News
TinyBuild: We should not 'cripple' games with DRM to fight piracy

TinyBuild: We should not 'cripple' games with DRM to fight piracy

TinyBuild has condemned the use of DRM to stop illegal downloading, despite its latest game being heavily pirated.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Apr 1st 2016 at 11:45AM in News
Punch Club has been pirated 1.6m times, sold 300k copies

Punch Club has been pirated 1.6m times, sold 300k copies

Indie publisher TinyBuild has revealed that Punch Club has sold 300,000 units, as well as some alarming information about the degree to which the game has been pirated.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Mar 21st 2016 at 5:20PM in News
PC piracy giant calls it quits

PC piracy giant calls it quits

One of the largest Chinese piracy groups has said that it has stopped cracking single-player PC games.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 8th 2016 at 3:13PM in News

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The Witness is trouncing Braid sales, although Blow bemoans piracy blight

The Witness is trouncing Braid sales, although Blow bemoans piracy blight

Jonathan Blow’s second title The Witness is on track for a Braid-smashing week-one sales performance.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 1st 2016 at 11:17AM in News
Nintendo wins major piracy protection court ruling

Nintendo wins major piracy protection court ruling

Nintendo has successfully taken an Italian seller of devices designed to allow pirated games to run to court – and won.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Nov 16th 2015 at 1:27PM in News
Windows 10 can automatically disable pirated software

Windows 10 can automatically disable pirated software

Agreeing to Windows 10’s End User Licence Agreement gives the software the right to automatically disable pirated games from a user’s computer or phone.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 17th 2015 at 2:39PM in News

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Brazilian retail selling pirated PS4 games for £6 a shot

Brazilian retail selling pirated PS4 games for £6 a shot

While the PS4’s security systems have not yet been cracked, some retailers in South America have found a working method of selling copied games for the machine.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 14th 2015 at 2:37PM in News
Paradox will battle Cities: Skylines piracy with regular free updates

Paradox will battle Cities: Skylines piracy with regular free updates

PC games publisher Paradox has said that it has a simple strategy to combat those who wish to pirate its PC mega-hit.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 16th 2015 at 10:53AM in News
Steam chat is censoring links to a torrent site

Steam chat is censoring links to a torrent site

Valve appears to be automatically monitoring the blocking the content of some Steam chat.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 17th 2015 at 3:52PM in News
International Factfile 2015: Poland

International Factfile 2015: Poland

Despite Polish consumers spending more on games purchases than the rest of Eastern Europe, the country’s games retail industry remains afflicted by rampant piracy.

on Jan 30th 2015 at 4:19PM in News

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Hotline Miami 2 dev tells Australian fans to pirate the game

Hotline Miami 2 dev tells Australian fans to pirate the game

The co-creator of Hotline Miami 2 has told Australian fans to bypass their country’s banning of the game by pirating it.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 16th 2015 at 10:17AM in News
95% of Monument Valley's Android installs were not paid for

95% of Monument Valley's Android installs were not paid for

Developer Ustwo has highlighted the piracy problem that continues to blight Android gaming.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 6th 2015 at 10:36AM in News
Far Cry 4 PC complainers accidentally reveal themselves to be pirates

Far Cry 4 PC complainers accidentally reveal themselves to be pirates

PC gamers complaining about the lack of a specific function in the PC version of Far Cry 4 have been revealed to be pirates.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Nov 19th 2014 at 1:22PM in News
Google search downranking dents major torrent site traffic

Google search downranking dents major torrent site traffic

A new search algorithm implemented by Google last week has seen the traffic on some major torrent sites more than halve.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Oct 24th 2014 at 3:23PM in News
The Sims 4 'glitch' is inadvertently exposing pirates

The Sims 4 'glitch' is inadvertently exposing pirates

A ‘glitch’ designed to hamper the experience of those who have pirated The Sims 4 has caught a lot of people out online.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Sep 5th 2014 at 10:55AM in News
Modders demonstrate successful Wii U Mario Kart 8 hack

Modders demonstrate successful Wii U Mario Kart 8 hack

The security of Nintendo’s Wii U appears to have been compromised.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jul 7th 2014 at 1:01PM in News
Game of Thrones series 4 finale sets new online piracy record

Game of Thrones series 4 finale sets new online piracy record

Last night's series four finale of Game of Thrones has set a new record for illegal downloads.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Jun 17th 2014 at 11:06AM in News
Wolfenstein: The New Order illegally downloaded over 100,000 times

Wolfenstein: The New Order illegally downloaded over 100,000 times

It’s a big hit with legitimate shoppers, but it seems that the new Wolfenstein was popular with pirates, too.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 28th 2014 at 2:27PM in News