fair to say that of all video games anti-piracy technologies,
Denuvo is perhaps the most hated of recent times. That hatred
unsurprisingly stems from both its success and complexity.
Those with knowledge of the system say its fiendishly difficult
to defeat but in recent times, cracks have been showing. In 2017,
various iterations of the anti-tamper system were defeated by
groups, much to the delight of the pirate masses.
Now, however, a new development has the potential to herald a
new lease of life for the Austria-based anti-piracy company. A few
moments ago it was revealed that the company has been bought by
Irdeto, a global anti-piracy company with considerable heritage and
Irdeto has acquired Denuvo, the world leader in gaming security,
to provide anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for games on
desktop, mobile, console and VR devices, Irdeto said in a
Denuvo provides technology and services for game publishers and
platforms, independent software vendors, e-publishers and video
publishers across the globe. Current Denuvo customers include
Electronic Arts, UbiSoft, Warner Bros and Lionsgate Entertainment,
with protection provided for games such as Star Wars Battlefront
II, Football Manager, Injustice 2 and others.
Irdeto says that Denuvo will continue to operate as usual with
all of its staff retained a total of 45 across Austria, Poland, the
Czech Republic, and the US. Denuvo headquarters in Salzburg,
Austria, will also remain intact along with its sales
The success of any game title is dependent upon the ability of
the title to operate as the publisher intended, says Irdeto CEO
As a result, protection of both the game itself and the gaming
experience for end users is critical. Our partnership brings
together decades of security expertise under one roof to better
address new and evolving security threats. We are looking forward
to collaborating as a team on a number of initiatives to improve
our core technology and services to better serve our customers.
Denuvo was founded relatively recently in 2013 and employs less
than 50 people. In contrast, Irdetos roots go all the way back to
1969 and currently has almost 1,000 staff. Its a subsidiary of
South Africa-based Internet and media group Naspers, a corporate
giant with dozens of
notable companies under its control.
While Denuvo is perhaps best known for its anti-piracy
technology, Irdeto is also placing emphasis on the companys ability
to hinder cheating in online multi-player gaming environments. This
has become a ho...