DRM error made major single player PC games unplayable

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Over the weekend, online forums were inundated with reports that many PC video games were not launching. Gamers reduced the issue to an issue with Denuvo, a DRM solution used by some publishers.

As reported by PC Gamer and VGC, who reported on the Resetera and Steam posts, the issue affected many games, old and new. According to players, games that would not launch included major new releases like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Football Manager 2022, but also older games like Yakuza: Like a dragon, released last year, and 2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Many of the games affected were big-budget, offline single-player games, which likely added to the frustration of players unable to launch their games on a Sunday, no less. Many gamers already despise DRM and have expressed their frustrations in forum posts.

“Denuvo is concerned, the only people that bothers are paying customers,” said a poster. “Imao once again hackers get a top quality product. Thanks denuvo,” said another.

Users speculated that the domain that Denuvo uses to authenticate game activations was allowed to expire, which led to the error message stating that the servers were not accessible. In a statement to Motherboard, Irdeto, the Dutch company that makes Denuvo, confirmed the player’s theories and said everything was now back to normal.

“A Denuvo domain was unreachable yesterday afternoon CET. The issue was resolved after we received a notification from our automatic control system,” Irdeto spokeswoman Sabrina Orlov said in a statement sent by email. “After the patch, there were no restrictions or limitations for the player. Denuvo is working to implement further improvements to avoid such downtime in the future.”

Much of the player’s frustration can be attributed to the fact that the games are no longer available to play online, as they are online multiplayer games, or “live service” games that require upgrades. constant day. Not being able to play even a single player game because its DRM software can connect to a server shows exactly what people mean when they are worried “the end of the property. “



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