Pirates Claim To Have Cracked Denuvo

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Well, guess all that worrying was for nothing. Despite fears from the scene that Denuvo’s famous “anti-tamper measures” were making it impossible to illegally share video games, it’s emerged over the weekend that one of the industry’s most stalwart defences against piracy has reportedly been cracked.


First, as TorrentFreak report, it was bypassed by a Bulgarian hacker called Voksi, which temporarily allowed people to play pirated copies of games like Doom, Total War: Warhammer and Just Cause 3 through Steam.

That bypass was soon closed, though, and while that should have been the end of it, only a matter of hours later the piracy group CONSPIR4CY released a fully cracked version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, a game many had simply begun assuming would never be pirated.

While Denuvo will surely fix whatever loophole allowed this—the battle against piracy is a never-ending arms race, after all—the fact Denuvo games have been cracked at all will be a blow to the company, which with its near-perfect track record had been held up as a great hope against the efforts of pirates.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.


While I don’t condone piracy, I also find flaws in the ‘pay the creators!’ argument. I’ve yet to see a single person make that argument who also protests libraries, lending media to friends, and the whole resale market. Those don’t pay the creator.