Denuvo Anti-Tamper is coming to mobile games too so you can't cheat microtransactions

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:00 AM

Not content with messing around with your PC games, Denuvo is coming to your mobile now too. After all, there are so many premium mobile games we all just cannot wait to pirate. Okay, okay, I can’t let my bias show, this isn’t just about piracy.

Irdeto, the owner of Denuvo Software Solutions, has said Denuvo’s ‘Mobile Game Protection’ solution is designed to stop cheating, modifying, exposing security flaws, or pirating of mobile games. 

Now, as you know, most mobile games don’t cost a great deal to buy. A large proportion of them are totally free to download. The big money spinner comes from the in-game purchases which can be made, a system which can theoretically be cheated by someone who's that way inclined. After all, why you would you spend $139.99 on a box of 40,000 Magic Gems if you can use some cheat software to give it to yourself for free? That’s arguably not even piracy but it is modification of a game’s code.

And, well, mobile game developers don’t want you doing that so along comes Denuvo, whose ‘Mobile Game Protection’ ensures “legitimate players get the best possible experience and revenue streams are not eliminated.” Denuvo claims its software prevents hackers from debugging games, reverse engineering, or otherwise changing the source code.

“The video game industry has its own mobile ecosystem that includes game and app stores, game engines and analytics platforms. While this has facilitated a hugely profitable new area of gaming, it has also opened new avenues and access points for hackers and cheaters,” said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo, Irdeto. 

“A fundamental aspect of reducing security risks to your mobile game is to plan from day one how hackers could take advantage of your game’s design and architecture. Without proper security in place, publishers could be exposing themselves to revenue loss and reputational damage.”

It sounds as if Denuvo's Mobile Anti-Tamper is going to be very use for devs to integrated. It just needs to be applied to the final APK before it's pushed live and then it's good to go. It, er, has "minimal impact" on the gameplay experience, although the same performance worries we see on PC must surely remain.

Denuvo keeps snaking its tendrils out then, do you think this could be beneficial to stop mobile cheaters? Or is this just another way to control the software you may have bought? Let us know what you think of it below!

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Well if they could completely move Denuvo over to mobiles instead of PCs that'll be great.

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14:56 Aug-25-2019

And the cancer spreads to other species...

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00:43 Aug-25-2019

People don't like microtransactions in it's entirety and they move Denuvo DRM to mobile games by saying "so you can't cheat microtransactions" are they for real ugh. Now that boils it to the top of the cup. Please fix your cash earning system that the people are complaining about for years, then come up with a real solution to protect games on whichever platform it is. I'm against piracy, just so you don't get the wrong idea. I can't believe this sh!t man.

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21:42 Aug-24-2019

On new layout it doesn't show who the author is

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20:26 Aug-24-2019

go ahead use it on Mobile Games but Remove this from PC Games......

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16:43 Aug-24-2019

Well if they could completely move Denuvo over to mobiles instead of PCs that'll be great.

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16:46 Aug-24-2019

LMAO

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15:34 Aug-24-2019

Yeah, because predatory mobile microtrash tactics are what needs protecting...


publishers could be exposing themselves to revenue loss and reputational damage - IMO it's waay too late for that :)

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15:30 Aug-24-2019

"minimal Impact", I read that as better keep your charging cable and sit next to an outlet because boy we gonna suck that battery dry and leave you with no way to cheat!

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15:26 Aug-24-2019

we should raid not area 51 but DENUVO HQ

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15:17 Aug-24-2019

Good thing i dont play on my phone :)

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15:14 Aug-24-2019

I dont really play mobile games, only got 2 and that is Lara Croft Go and Hitman Go and there backed up for future phones, so not fussed with what they do :)

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15:02 Aug-24-2019
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14:43 Aug-24-2019

dO yOu GuYs NoT hAvE pHoNeS?

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12:35 Aug-24-2019

Yeah, because they totally have to protect developers and publishers right to exploit people, to exploit addictions, to exploit people with gambling mechanics, to use psychology to immoral lengths to get users to spend and to milk any single dollar out of people. Because they have to protect people who put morality of their exploitation to the bottom of the list. So yeah, avoid mobile games,...

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12:37 Aug-24-2019

... don't use microtransactions, because those games go to lengths of exploitation, which should be illegal. And I am really not sure why you would even want to cheat in those games, because most of them are garbage games anyway, even if you get all gems for free. Only good mobile games I know of are ones which were ported from PC, like GTA or Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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13:32 Aug-24-2019

Make players into payers baby !

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12:19 Aug-24-2019

oh well only game i am playing on my android is Inotia 4 and i love it so much that i am replayed it whole 9 time to this day and will probably again

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11:22 Aug-24-2019

I don't play mobile games anyway

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11:12 Aug-24-2019

Amazing not that i was ever gonna play mobile games but this even motivates me to stay even further away from them :)

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11:10 Aug-24-2019

Knowing what a resource hog denuvo is maybe this will finally push phone manufacturers to put bigger batteries in their phones to cater to mobile gamers.

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10:49 Aug-24-2019

Rip batteries...

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10:47 Aug-24-2019

Imao, I think EA's approach is more effective than denuvo. When I played Real Racing 3, I could cheat gold and money with cheatengine. Since that's not working anymore I cheated using Freedom (which "buys" your ingame funds). Eventually I got banned for half a year? But at least I can play normally now (as the game is really pay to progress), but I quit since this game needs at least one hour of your time per day.

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