BioWare backs down on anti-piracy measures

By on May 12, 2008, 12:35 PM
Last week, in an effort to tackle piracy, BioWare announced some controversial security measures that would require Mass Effect and Spore PC users to do an online re-authentication for the game every ten days so that they can continue functioning. Following an overwhelming – but expected – harsh reaction from fans, though, BioWare has decided to back down.

BioWare community manager Jay Watamaniuk posted a QA on the company’s official forums confirming that the firm has now opted for a far more reasonable anti-piracy system that only authenticates the game the first time you play, and then re-authenticates it when you download new content. Purchasing one disc will allow users to install the game on no more than three computers, however, which might be another reason for future complaints. Approval of further authorizations will be handled by EA customer support on a case-by-case basis.

Of course nobody likes these restrictive measures but it’s understandable to see publishers concerned about piracy, especially at a time when the PC games market seems to be stagnant. At least BioWare is taking a chance outside the console world, something fewer developers are willing to do these days.




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phantasm66 said:
The idea of having to do this every ten days is utterly ridiculous - I've worked with extremely expensive software which only banks and large companies can afford and those vendors want to try and make your life easier (when they are getting paid to, that is) not bother you with rubbish like this.Every ten days? That's just plain wrong.
fullmetalvegan said:
It's not that bad, almost all people that game have an internet connection, and I'd say a fair amount that don't game have the net as well anyway. I wouldn't be fussed having to do that; my cable is always on, so it'd suit me fine.Maybe if we all didn't download games instead of buying them in the first place this kinda thing wouldn't happen. But they're not doing the ten day lockout thing now anyway, so you don't have to fuss.*shrugs*
howzz1854 said:
[b]Originally posted by fullmetalvegan:[/b][quote]It's not that bad, almost all people that game have an internet connection, and I'd say a fair amount that don't game have the net as well anyway. I wouldn't be fussed having to do that; my cable is always on, so it'd suit me fine.Maybe if we all didn't download games instead of buying them in the first place this kinda thing wouldn't happen. But they're not doing the ten day lockout thing now anyway, so you don't have to fuss.*shrugs*[/quote]not everyone have the time and effort to baby-sit a game like you. this is not innovation,but a nail to the cuffin, and i am glad BIOWARE finally pulled their heads outta their arse.
fullmetalvegan said:
Ehh, it's hardly babysitting. It'd connect to the net itself every 10 days, lol, so much effort was involved by me. *starts game, game does everything else automatically*.Palease.
Julio said:
The Internet 1 - BioWare 0Yet another example of how the web is changing bad corporate culture. I love it.
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