Denuvo Has Been Bought By Cybersecurity Specialist Irdeto, Will Join Forces for Advanced DRM

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 1:05 PM

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto has snapped up Denuvo, the provider of the world’s leading anti-tamper DRM for games. A deal has been inked which Irdeto believes will allow it to tighten up anti-piracy and anti-cheat measures, not just on PCs but also for consoles, mobiles, and VR devices.

"The success of any game title is dependent upon the ability of the title to operate as the publisher intended," said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. "As a result, protection of both the game itself and the gaming experience for end users is critical. Our partnership brings together decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats."

The acquisition is going to result in some changes to how Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM works, beginning with the potential for combining the DRM software with Irdeto’s own Cloakware cybersecurity solution. Cloakware utilises whitebox cryptography and software obfuscation to protect digital software with Irdeto holding claim to the best anti-tamper and anti-reverse engineering tool suite. If it’s theoretically possible to layer this in alongside Denuvo protect, crackers are going to be in for a tough time.

“Hackers and cybercriminals in the gaming space are savvy, and always have been,” says Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo. “It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games. Much like the movie industry, it’s the only way to ensure that great games continue to get made. In joining with Irdeto, we are bringing together a unique combination of security expertise, technology, and enhanced piracy services to aggressively address security challenges that customers and gamers face from hackers.”

In addition to copy protection, the deal now affords Denuvo with the opportunity to target online cheating, a serious problem in many games, including the imperious PUBG.

It was only yesterday we heard that the latest version 4.8 of Denuvo DRM had been cracked, and the war of escalation shows no sign of slowing. Up until this point, Denuvo has been a relatively small company with a workforce of around 50, yet it’s now joining forces with a corporation of more than 1000 security specialists.

Could digital game protection be on lockdown now Denuvo and Irdeto have joined forces? What could even tougher protection mean for gaming performance? Let us know your thoughts below!

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14:21 Jan-29-2018

Looks like I'm going stay with my pre-denuvo era games. This trash is unnecessary and waste of resources.

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10:17 Jan-28-2018

This is not good at all, we the customers will suffer cause if they implement lot of security and anti tampering measures the gaming performance will drastically deteriorate and will CPU usage will be high and our computers life slowdown

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17:42 Jan-24-2018

Denuvo owned by Irdeto...sounds like Allsafe Security becomes Evil corp now ! Lol

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15:43 Jan-24-2018

I wonder how many crackers working to take down denuvo. In the end denuvo will always be cracked no matter what. In the meanwhile legit costumers suffers.

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15:14 Jan-24-2018

denivo makes ****ty games worth buying

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17:11 Jan-26-2018

what?

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11:58 Jan-29-2018

What (squared)?

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12:53 Jan-24-2018

"It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games" I pity my boy "performance", cause I got a feeling that these "robust strategies" will be on his expense

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01:14 Jan-24-2018

Only 50? Bravo denuvo

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00:01 Jan-24-2018

Great games continue to get made if they are in fact, great. If the developers value their customers over anti-consumer policies and work hard to make varied, interesting and innovative games. Like CDPR did with Witcher 3, a game that has far outsold many Denuvo-infected crappy titles on PC, purely because it was good.

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23:13 Jan-23-2018

Can they just get rid of of Denvuo and all other DRMs already. They just get cracked in a few weeks to months and they do absolutely nothing positive.

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03:10 Jan-24-2018

might not be that simple anymore with a company of 1000 security staff instead of 50 staff. it's a case of playing the waiting game and see

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22:25 Jan-23-2018

I bet almost every coder, hacker, cracker etc. will have wet dreams when they are done with this new abomination... denuvo was literally dead for months (rumors are, they had vmprotect contracts they could not get out of) so they sold it lol but now since its in the evil hands of an even bigger company the real cyber war has begun.


With this news i expect to see the quality (in every sense) in AAA games fall to all time low in the next 2-3 years... for gaming this will be greedy dystopia on steroids.

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21:24 Jan-23-2018

why does this garbage keep getting pushed

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19:30 Jan-23-2018

Hackers always find the way. No matter how much some people want to deny that and make a profit with anti-piracy software.

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10:27 Jan-30-2018

everything falls down to assembly and since it does, you can exploit it all you want and for every fix there are multiple new exploits to be found.

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19:24 Jan-23-2018
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18:37 Jan-23-2018

that's it!!!!!
I will Find you and I will Kill you Stupid Denuvo and Irdeto......

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18:47 Jan-23-2018

Sounds like they kidnapped your daughter and refused your offer over the phone to release her, guess you're about to use those unique set of skills then lol:D

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20:13 Jan-23-2018

Taken 4 confirmed ! Now we know the real story...

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14:15 Jan-28-2018

I'm a Teenager...LOL....

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18:32 Jan-23-2018

If they want to add more drm to the existing nonsense of denuvo then i will surely stop buying those games, when denuvo server goes down we cant play the games at all, and by looks of it some devs dont give a crap about that issue as games have been cracked for years and yet they still have denuvo in them for legit buyers

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18:08 Jan-23-2018

Oh NO!

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17:38 Jan-23-2018

Greater security against Online Hackers sounds swell, but protection against crackers is still a big "ehh" for me. But if it doesn't cost much in the way of performance, I'd give it a pass for the AAA games.

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16:48 Jan-23-2018

Games will still get cracked (and I hope so). Instead of trowing money in to DRM you better use that money for making a better game, optimization, animation, anything. Just look at Witcher 3 it has no protection and it is one of the best selling games of it's time. Just goes to show how greedy the whole so called gaming industries have become, they rather spend tons of money on protecting they'r ****ty game rather than making it a good game. A good game will always be bought and played long after it was published but a bad game will always die in a month or two never to be remembered or respected..... DRM ha what a joke.

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16:57 Jan-23-2018

I mean, The Witcher 3 is nowhere near the bestselling game of all time. It was probably outsold by Battlefield 1 within a month, which is protected by Denuvo. So, it doesn't really prove anything.

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17:29 Jan-23-2018

I said "of it's time" in meaning when it came out. The point is the game is exceptional and it earned good money and is still very relevant and played after 2 and a half years. And 1 more thing Witcher came out 2015 a year and a half before BF1. Also 1 more tiny thing Wicther sold over 25 million copies, battlefield around 16.5 million dough it is not certain. But battlefield is multiplayer, let's see how it would do as a singleplayer title, my guess not good and honestly BF is overhyped.

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17:31 Jan-23-2018

The entire Witcher franchise has sold 25 million copies. The point is though, would The Witcher 3 have sold worse if it had DRM? We can't ever answer that. It was a great game so it sold well, and it seems optimistic to suggest its success was down to no DRM.

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17:55 Jan-23-2018

Ok my mistake read it wrong. Point is that DRM is pointless.

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16:30 Jan-23-2018

if all of ure games are online based then u won't need any protection :D
i bet that's Blizzard's logic!

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20:11 Jan-23-2018

For the past 5 years it seems so indeed XD
BUT, I want them to give me Diablo 4, Warcraft 4 and Starcraft 3, especially Warcraft 4! There are so many side stories a Warcraft game can tell without having any interruption to the WoW story and continuity...

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16:28 Jan-23-2018

I need to join forces with someone to shove a barbwire baseball bat up their arse... DRMs are from useless to performance reducing...


If a person does NOT want to buy your game, that person will NOT buy your game regardless if that person can crack it or NOT... If anything there are people who like to test the games for a little by cracking them and then decide if they are going to buy them, so potentially with DRMs you are losing a small amount of sales... -_-

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16:58 Jan-24-2018

Same I ll never blindly buy a game which I can t test out.

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