Video game piracy remains a huge problem within the industry, but efforts to stifle it have become so effective that 3DM, one of the biggest video game piracy communities in the world, is apparently going on hiatus. As TorrentFreak reports, the group will cease making cracks for a year starting today in an effort to see how their acts of video game piracy will impact game sales.
“We just had an internal meeting. Starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games,” 3DM founder Bird Sister reportedly said in a blog post. “We’ll take a look at the situation in a year’s time to see if genuine sales have grown.”
3DM was the first group to break through the defenses of popular anti-tampering system Denuvo after 15 days of “continuous effort” in 2014. More recently, they haven’t been so lucky. Last month, the group gave up trying to crack Just Cause 3. 3DM didn’t mention Denuvo in its recent hiatus announcement, but the timing seems reasonably suspect.
“I still believe that this game can be compromised,” said Bird Sister at the time. “But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years’ time I’m afraid there will be no [pirated] free games to play in the world.”
Denuvo keeps its process well-guarded. They describe their tampering-prevention as “debugging, reverse engineering, and changing of executable files,” which really doesn’t reveal much. All we really know about how it works is through 3DM’s description. They say it is a “64-bit encryption machine” that detects “a variety of hardware information on your computer.” Beyond that, Denuvo’s system has made cracking games so difficult that one of the biggest video game piracy groups give up. That’s crazy.
For now, all video game designers can sleep easy knowing that at least one video game piracy group isn’t working around the clock to crack and pirate games for 365 days.