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Crisis for Denuvo as hackers develop working DRM key generator

In probably the worst news yet for besieged piracy protection makers Denuvo, a hacking group named Steampunks have released what they claim is a working key generator for their software. The tool supposedly generates keys that Denuvo thinks are legitimate, bypassing the protection entirely.

No need to pirate any of these great free PC games.

According to an image posted to the Piracy subreddit, Steampunks say the key generator will unlock Dishonored 2, which is protected by the latest version of Denuvo. If they're right, they can likely make a keygen for any other Denuvo game with little difficulty, and posts on both the Piracy and CrackWatch subreddits claim numerous users have verified their claims.

In a second, almost equally serious blow for Denuvo, a hacker named Baldman appears to have set a new record for cracking their product. Baldman claims to have beaten the protection on Tekken 7, which came out just four days ago.

The news comes two months after Mass Effect: Andromeda was cracked despite the dual protection of both Denuvo and EA’s Origin platform, and five months after Resident Evil VII was cracked in less than a week. RiME and Prey were also cracked, in five and ten days respectively. 

Denuvo have never claimed to be uncrackable, only “hard to crack,” and as long as this remained true they were still valuable for protecting game sales in the crucial period just after release. If their software can be beaten in just four days - or worse, circumvented entirely - their value is close to nil. Unless they can come up with a new version that retains its integrity for much longer, the Redditors predicting their demise probably won’t be wrong.

Piracy hurts the games industry and the talented people who work in it - please don’t share links to torrents or cracking sites.

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xNuke Avatar
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10 Months ago

"Piracy hurts the games industry and the talented people who work in it" - And DRM hurts legitimate people buying the games and supporting the developers.

More often than not, lately, pirating is a better option than buying. No always-onlines and performance hits caused by DRM...

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BraveToaster Avatar
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10 Months ago

Not only this, but for a lot of people it will act as a sort of demo where they pirate the game, try it out, then realize that it's something they actually like so they go and buy it.

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hfm Avatar
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10 Months ago

I don't pirate my software, I buy or wait for sales. But people have been saying this same thing forever (I've been gaming since 1977) and gaming is still here and companies are still spending millions of dollars to create content.

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hpoonis2010 Avatar
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10 Months ago

I have been pirating since the golden age of piracy. Those were the days: a fair wind, an open sea, and a favourable port to lay anchor in. Where are they now, me hearties?

Frankly, I am happy to purchase software but, I am definitely in favour of folk cracking shite systems that hinder, hamper, handicap, or generally limit the freedom of use of the software one purchases.

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Chumbziii Avatar
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10 Months ago

A lot of games these days suck. So pirating forces companies to actually make good games.

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Nirantali Avatar
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10 Months ago

There will always be some that pirate games and other stuff but they don't cause any damage because they won't buy anyway.

What causes real damage is if for whatever reason they hurt legitimate consumers buying the games and those then refuse to purchase because of Denuvo or worse start to pirate because they don't remove it from legitimate purchases even after it was cracked months ago.

At the end of day Denuvo Anti Consumer doesn't prevent any piracy and only costs real sales. Of course not everyone cares, but there are enough that cares and those are real lost sales not some illusionary lost sales from illusionary pirates that perhaps buy because of it.

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axl3blaz3 Avatar
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10 Months ago

garbage protection gets cracked in weeks still company wants to implement it and drop my fps and wont let me play offline ffs -_-

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Shadowized Avatar
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10 Months ago

>Piracy hurts the games industry and the talented people who work in it

I'm pretty sure that's bullshit as every study I've seen says otherwise. I've pirated countless games and if they are good I buy them, and recommend them to my friends.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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10 Months ago

You know you are doing it wrong when legit users are getting poor experience with hit in performance when compared to the pirates.

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Helmic Avatar
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10 Months ago

I don't wish for games to be pirated, but I like being able to play on Linux and Denuvo seemed quite unwilling to run on my platform of choice. I don't want always-online requirements.

Ultimately I don't think this crack will directly benefit me as I don't think this will let games run through WINE on Linux, at best it'll let me run games offline. I'm just hoping that it ushers in a more consumer-friendly replacement - or encourage publishers to just go DRM-free.

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GENEVA Avatar
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9 Months ago

"Piracy hurts the games industry and the talented people who work in it"I think not!

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iNol iGunggung Avatar
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2 Months ago

"Piracy hurts the games industry and the talented people who work in it"

Nope, Witcher3 disagrees. No DRM, sells super great. Your argument is invalid. Making bad, anti consumer games hurts the game industry and people who work in it.

And I have bought games without planning because pirated versions I casually tried (with almost zero interest) ended up hooking me; so I bought them to get the best version there is. Half of my steam library they are. Piracy help sales.

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