Denuvo DRM is coming to Android to crack down on game piracy and modding

Denuvo DRM is coming to Android to crack down on game piracy and modding
The controversial anti-piracy solution for PC games, Denuvo DRM, is coming to Android. If you're not familiar with Denuvo DRM, it is a much-maligned "anti temper" tool that's seen wide implementation in PC games over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, more often than not, it hasn't been reliable enough to prevent those pesky pirates from cracking games literally within the first week of release. On the other hand, some of its implementations have caused quite a bit of annoyance among legitimate buyers of games.

A recent example of bad Denuvo DRM implementation is Sega's Yakuza 0, which had its DRM removed in an official patch (without so much as a word in the update notes), which not only decreased the size of the game, but also made it quicker to launch. Well, Denuvo DRM is now stepping in the mobile market with the goal to protect Android games from being tempered with by hackers.

In its press release, Irdeto (the company behind Denuvo), claims that its Mobile Game Protection system is designed to ensure that "legitimate players get the best possible experience and revenue streams are not eliminated." The press release further claims that the system will have "minimal impact on user's gameplay experience."

Irdeto says that Denuvo DRM on Android can be implemented to the final APK, without needing the source code of the game, meaning that the integration of the system requires "zero operational effort." Some of the key features of Denuvo Mobile Game Protection include "configurable protection levels, smart detection of protection points, root detection, anti-hooking, virtualization and integrity verification." 

It's true that piracy is a big issue for Android developers, with cracked and modded versions of games floating around the web freely. Even free-to-play titles are affected, as hackers have been able to mod them to allow players to circumvent in-app purchases and get what they want for free. It remains to be seen how many developers will be on board with the Denuvo mobile DRM, but the situation may be different from the handful of fiascos that PC gamers have witnessed over the past couple of years.

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6 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 164; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

It will be cracked, give it time!

2. alanrock

Posts: 310; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

Twice the Fun - Double the Trouble !

4. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

DRM has always hurt honest users instead of pirates. Can't hurt someone that paid 0. And it's Tampered, not tempered (unless you're making chocolate in your game?)

6. ShadowHammer

Posts: 204; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

That temper/tamper thing irked me too. I seriously question how much revenue is saved by oppressive DRM. I've known lots of players who avoid a game completely because of that stuff. Not getting a dime from those folks.

5. mackan84

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Best thing that could’ve happen to Android! In a long run it will eventually give developers a chance to lower the fees to Apple on iOS too.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

More like the developers will have a harder chance on running the game on android compared to ios.

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