The biggest PC piracy group around is going on hiatus for a year

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Whatever your reason for doing so, piracy is still wrong. It hurts the industry, studios and developers who’ve sunk a chunk of their life into creating the pilfered digital goods that you have running on your screen. Naturally, publishers have never been happy about how easily their goods have hit torrent sites within hours, taking the steps necessary to protect their products.

Denuovo has been a particularly successful method lately. Having already stopped Just Cause 3 from being cracked in time for a Christmas season thievery on torrent sites, this the led massive China-based cracking group 3DM to declare that video game piracy will be impossible by 2018 thanks to these more sophisticated measures. Now, they’re going to cease pirating single-player games all together.

That’s the announcement that was made by 3DM leader “Bird Sister”,who  wrote about the group decision to suspend cracking new games so that the impact of their actions can be measured by looking at video game sales. “We just had an internal meeting,” Bird Sister wrote via TorrentFreak.

Starting at the Chinese New Year [February 8], 3DM will not crack any single-player games. We’ll take a look at the situation in a year’s time to see if genuine sales have grown. Cracks by overseas warez groups will still get posted on the [3DM] forum, and we will actively deal with these.

While Denuovo isn’t mentioned by Bird Sister, you can bet that that anti-piracy is the headache that is giving them such a hassle in cracking games. Rise of the Tomb Raider just hit PC, and its Denuovo-based DRM has yet to be overridden and freely distributed. While it’s a massive setback for anyone who has come to rely on 3DM anti-DRM measures, they’re still only one group in an ocean filled with freebooting copyright infringers.

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But if one of the biggest groups around is feeling frustrated with these measures, it’s an interesting sign of how the industry is changing.

Last Updated: February 8, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Spend 1$ in Humble Bundle every month, and you will have a backlog so big at the end of the year it will eclipse the sun!

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      AVAST

      • Hammersteyn

        We’re Agents now, when did this happen?

        • Jan Prins

          Bloody Agents!

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          I may or may not have a hand in that

          • Hammersteyn

            Sounds like something an agent would say.

    • Hammersteyn

      yes, let’s all buy AAA games for $1 and see how long it lasts before AAA publishers calls it quits.

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Or let’s all buy the indie games that are better than the “AAA” games at a fraction of the price and actually experience some creative games! 😀

        • Been on that boat for over a year now

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            It’s the best boat

      • Mostly aimed at people who don’t want to spend the money 😛

        Just to open their eyes

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You say that like it’s something to be scared of.

        • Hammersteyn

          Not really

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Exactly.
      These days when you hear someone pirated a game you’re like: “Oh, still stuck in the 90s, aren’t you?”

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    Chrome really does not like Lazygamer

    • Jan Prins

      Neither does your Mom!

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Hmm. Point made. Possibly not.
        But I use Firefox anyway 😀

        • Fox1 – Retro

          Firefox also reporting issues.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Luckily I’ve been issue free so far…but you never know when they’ll creep up on you :/

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Yeah, apparently lagz has malware.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Yes. This is a research project. You’re not going to crack the DRM and release pirate versions because you want to see if sales go up. I believe you.

  • HvR

    Maybe Denuovo is 3DM and 3DM is Denuovo.

    *Tinfoil hat engaged

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Denuovo will cause the fall of our civilization!

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