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Paradox dislikes DRM just as much as we do; "It can punish players"


Paradox have expressed their opinion on the growing distaste for DRM. CEO Fredrik Wester empathized with players on the problems DRM can inflict, saying “It can punish players who actually bought the game”. He also revealed that Paradox doesn’t have any “intentions on finding out or hunting” the people that pirate, and instead want to focus on providing a “better service” for those that have already bought the game.

In an interview with GameSpot, Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester recalls his own difficulties with DRM. “It can punish players who actually bought the game," Wester explained. "I remember buying Civilization III, and I couldn't install it because I had something else installed. I had to uninstall two different programs, change was a hassle."

Wester also understands why most people pirate in the first place: convenience. "If I had pirated it from anywhere, I would have gotten it much faster, more convenient," Wester added. "So we don't want to put barriers on convenience for the gamers. It should be more convenient, you should get more content, it should be easier for you to install if you buy the legal copy."

Paradox don’t even want to pursue the people that have pirated their products, because there’s not much point when they’re already a highly profitable company. "I have no idea how many of our games are pirated," Wester stated. "We don't really have any intention of finding out or hunting these people.”

What’s their solution then? Give the customers that bought their product a great game with a better service; something that Ubisoft echoed only two weeks ago. “What we want to do is provide people who bought the game legally a better service.” said Wester. “With frequent updates; good and convenient services; that's how we fight piracy. I hope it works. I keep my fingers crossed.”

Is this anti-DRM stance finally catching on?

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huldu Avatar
3 Years ago

The real problem with games, drm, copy protection and what not is that they all punish the paying customer. Hackers, crackers whatever you call them bypass that stuff within days or hours of the release. Why bother wasting money on creating a state of the art copy protection when people will just crack it for the sheer fun of it. In my book that's just a waste of money being thrown away on nothing meaningful.

At least most of the time the protection isn't that bad nowadays, it used to be a lot worse back in the days *cough* starforce. You could own a game yet that crap would still screw you over. They did get a lot of bad rep towards the end and developers stopped using them. I have no idea if they're still around.

Dog Pants Avatar
3 Years ago

I've a lot of respect for Fredrik Wester, he seems to genuinely understand his customer. This absolutely nails it for me.

Vixremento Avatar
3 Years ago

Well hopefully it will be something that they give more thought to but time will tell.

The fact that we basically are only renting our games these days is bad enough (so no resale/gifting value once we're done with it); forcing us to be online, having some service be online or up and running before we can start up our game and similar practices (i.e. something that has to do a regular "check-in" with forced patches for the single player portion of the game) are just some of the things that I personally dislike (and are all essentially forms of DRM regardless of what others will tell us).

[PWNY] Fluttersnipe Avatar
3 Years ago

I can think of two times in my life that I've even gave a fuck about DRM whether it's there or not. 2 steam games I bought off steam that booted up uplay when I wanted to play the game. Annoyance? Sure, did I really give a Shit? No.

unwanted Avatar
3 Years ago

I guess I'll buy their games on GOG...oh wait.

Companies that are saying this are trying to get in the heads of gamers so they can sneak some sort of nonsense where you will need to be online.