With lot of sadness, I’ve read today the official statement from famous cracker VOKSI, in which he confirmed the arrest by the Bulgarian Police after a case filed by the DRM Company called Denuvo, there isn’t really much that can be done now, so I just wanted to drop some words for this company in hope to read my article, if you haven’t heard of both names mentioned previously, let me quickly introduce them for you.
What’s DENUVO ?
An anti-tamper technology and digital rights management (DRM) scheme developed by the Austrian company Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH, basically, it’s a sort of protection layer that can protect games and applications’ *.EXE files from being reverse-engineered, if you are familiar with RE world, it is similar to applications packers such as ASPACK, VMPROTECT, ARXAN and others, what makes Denuvo special is that the executable file’s code (e.g main game launcher) changes every time you start the game, meaning that each time you try to debug the file, you will encounter different code, different functions calls and lot…Hell LOT of obfuscations, not to mention that some parts of the source code is only available on Denuvo’s servers with dozens (if not thousands) of variants.
Denuvo uses advanced techniques to protect games which most of the time makes the game performance really bad, this has been proven many time and it makes sense if you think about it, a game that executes 3 lines of code will perform better than a games that execute 300 lines of code.
Who is VOKSI ?
a Bulgarian scene member who cracked dozens of Denuvo games because he believes (like I do) that such advanced DRM will only bring the worse to the gaming experience and gamers community.
So dear Denuvo, the history is only repeating itself, if you think by this move you are putting the last nail in the coffin of scene community then you are wrong, if VOKSI was caught today, other VOKSIs will rise tomorrow. So instead of chasing people, I’d suggest you start optimizing your DRM Protection, as -in my humble opinion- it’s one of the worse I’ve ever seen.
Piracy has always existed and will always exist, I am not promoting piracy here, in fact, I do believe that piracy is a bad thing and illegally downloading a game only makes publishers think that they need to find a better DRM provider (and one that may end up hurting legit customers more than the solutions already available), still, piracy will never die. So yeah, as an ex-RE and a gamer with a strong moral compass who dislikes the concept of copy protection solutions like Denuvo, I will continue the fight with whatever means I have.
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