EA boss John Riccitiello has previously voiced his own personal thoughts on the SecuROM DRM protection used in some of the company’s PC games, saying the majority of gamers don’t care. Well, it appears that at least a few of them care and are doing more about it than just complaining – they are filing class action lawsuits.
Following the news in September that the company was being sued for keeping the installation of SecuROM a secret, Gamepolitics is now reporting that two similar lawsuits were filed against EA in October. In the first case, a man from Pennsylvania alleges that the Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition secretly installed SecuROM on his computer, while a second suitor from Missouri claims that installing DRM-protected The Sims 2: Bon Voyage has caused major issues which could only be resolved by reformatting the system.
The company has come under considerable fire for its DRM practices, particularly for the use of SecuROM in high-profile games such as Spore. The technology is being described as unfair and even oppressive (to which I agree), but I'm not sure about it actually causing computer problems. What are your thoughts on the SecuROM DRM? Had any problems with it?