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No more pirated games by 2018 says cracking group

Founder of notorious cracking forum 3DM believes that with the state of current anti-piracy tech, pirating games will no longer be an option.

Although it seems like more of an issue with movies or music, piracy is a very real issue when it comes to video games. According to TorrentFreak.com pirating video games tends to be much more of a challenge for pirates. However, this week on her blog, Phoenix, founder of notorious cracking group 3DM, claimed that pirating video games could soon become a thing of the past.

In the world of video game piracy there exists an ongoing war between the built up defenses of games set in place by software companies and the pirates who must bring down those firewalls - commonly known as cracking the game. 

During a recent attempt to crack Just Cause 3, a highly demanded game in piracy forums, 3DM's "cracking guy" Jun almost cracked himself. In her blog Phoenix writes:

“Recently, many people have asked about cracks for ‘Just Cause 3′, so here is a centralized answer to this question. The last stage is too difficult and Jun nearly gave up, but last Wednesday I encouraged him to continue. 

I still believe that this game can be compromised. But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world.

The problem that 3DM is having with Just Cause 3 is the anti-tamper technology set in place by Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH, an Austrian-based company responsible for the protection of the game. The system used by the company - appropriately named Denuvo - is a tweaked version of the secondary encryption system that held off attacks on Dragon Age: Inquisition for nearly a month and has stood strong on FIFA 16 since its September release.

While the system will likely end up cracked in the long run, Phoenix's statement stands: with the increase in protection, games may not be crackable in the future. As long as software like Denuvo is around, pirates' lives continue to get harder.

Published Jan. 11th 2016

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