UPDATE: First announced last August, Denuvo has now launched its anti-cheat solution design to prevent players cheating in multiplayer titles, particularly eSports. 

"The astronomic growth of the video game and esports industries has brought with it a variety of opportunities for cheaters to prosper," says Irdeto, Denuvo's parent company.  "This growing problem diminishes the appeal of any game, resulting in legitimate players turning to other video games."

Irdeto says a survey it took out last year suggested 77% of players will quit a game permanently if they feel like they're coming up against cheats. This seems like a fair enough response to us, and Irdeto reckons players quitting costs game publishers significant revenue. As you'd expect from Denuvo then, this Anti-Cheat software is framed as a benefit to publishers' pockets rather than as a positive move for gamers.

Denuvo Anti-Cheat appears to work in a fairly similar manner to Denuvo Anti-Tamper, preventing players from manipulating and extracting code in order to gain a competitive advantage over other players. Throw a bit of machine learning into the mix and voila, you've got your anti-cheat software.

Denuvo reckons there won't be any false positives as a result of its Denuvo Anti-Cheat software, meaning it believes players who are banned will 100% have been actively cheating. We'll see about that.

As this is Denuvo, they've also said this anti-cheat software will have no impact on gameplay.

“Cheating ruins video games for honest players,” said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo, Irdeto. “This can lead to lower game traffic and shrinking revenues for game publishers. Cheating also has a major impact on the esports market, where significant prizes are on the line. It’s time to level the playing field. The launch of our Anti-Cheat solution, as well as our involvement in the Esports Integrity Coalition, underpins our commitment to eliminating cheating in both video games and esports.”

As of this moment, Denuvo Anti-Cheat has launched, although we reached out them and they said: "I’m afraid we cannot give any information on any games using Denuvo Anti-Cheat at this stage."

Original Story: 24-Aug-18 - Denuvo Announces Plans to Roll Out Denuvo Anti-Cheat Software Alongside Anti-Tamper DRM

If you’re fed up of Denuvo weaseling its way into your PC games then you’d best look away now. Not content with dominating the bustling DRM industry, Denuvo has now announced it will be expanding into anti-cheat technology in addition to the current Anti-Tamper DRM.

Seemingly accelerated by cybersecurity firm Irdeto’s acquisition of Denuvo early this year, Denuvo is now looking to become the one-stop-shop for all anti-piracy and anti-cheat measures.

Naturally, this isn’t all about maintaining a safe and fair gameplay environment for gamers. Irdeto is pretty keen to let publishers know that cheaters can bypass microtransactions and not fork over all their cash for a character skin. “Already active in preventing cheating in multiplayer online games, which can distort virtual in-game economies and can be used to manipulate or bypass in-game microtransactions, Denuvo knows this applies to Esports as well,” said Irdeto in a statement. I’m sure there are plenty of bleeding hearts out there weeping at folks’ ability to bypass microtransactions. Anti-cheating though, that’s probably something we can all get behind. Unless you’re a dirty cheater. Yeah, you there at the back, we see you.

Denuvo has announced it’s joining the eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) in an effort to combat cheating. This includes the roll-out of new Denuvo Anti-Cheat software. “Denuvo’s Anti-Cheat technology, which is soon to be launched as a full end-to-end solution, will prevent hackers in multiplayer games from manipulating and distorting data and code to gain an advantage over other gamers or bypass in-game micro-transactions,” writes Irdeto’s Jon White. “This will prevent dilution of the value of the game for the user and the game studio.”

Over on their official site, Denuvo’s already touting its anti-cheating capabilities, saying its software “Protects executables from taking secrets of an application which gives the cheater an unfair advantage over other users.” Denuvo also “protects the application in live-mode and thus provides a runtime application self-protection (RASP).”

So, er, I guess we can look forward to multiplayer games arriving with two forms of Denuvo protection - Denuvo Anti-Tamper and Denuvo Anti-Cheat. I’m sure that’ll please the fans.

Are you prepared to give Denuvo the benefit of the doubt if it can stamp out cheaters? Or are you dreading a potential performance hit?