After cracks, developers remove Denuvo DRM from their games


How valuable is a digital rights management (DRM) piracy protection scheme after it has been cracked? The obvious answer is “not at all,” an answer that seems to have been confirmed by the removal of Denuvo protection from two popular games, both of which saw that DRM scheme fail earlier this year.

DDOSGaming reports that the 2016 reboot of Doom no longer has Denuvo protection built-in as of an update that went live earlier this week. The move follows a similar pattern to that of Playdead’s Inside, which removed Denuvo protection last month. Inside‘s DRM protection was cracked in August.

Playdead, Bethesda, and Denuvo have yet to respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica on the matter, but there is significant speculation and discussion (including from one purported Denuvo-associated developer on Reddit) that Denuvo’s contracts include a refund clause if the protection is cracked within a certain time period. Doom was cracked roughly four months after its release, while Inside was available for only six weeks before its protection was broken.

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