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Cracker group 3DM no longer wants to crack PC games

Panagiotis Kolokythas

The well-known Chinese cracker group 3DM has announced that it will no longer crack any PC games in the future.

EnlargeThe copy protection of Just Cause 3 could not be cracked so far
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The news should be cause for joy among game developers: The popular Chinese warez group 3DM has announced that it will no longer publish cracks for games that only have a single player mode. The same group had only announced a few weeks ago that PC games would achieve the status "unbreakable" in the near future due to the increasing use of Denuvo copy protection.

Just Cause 3, released at the beginning of December 2015, was named as an example. A much improved Denuvo copy protection is also used in Just Cause 3. Despite all their efforts, the members of 3DM did not manage to develop and publish a crack for Just Cause 3. Other games protected by Denuvo copy protection could not yet be cracked either. These include, for example, FIFA 2016 published by Electronic Arts in September 2015.

This apparently frustrated the members of the group so much that they made a decision in an internal meeting. The cracker "Bird Sister", who is one of the heads of the group, has now announced this decision. "Starting with the Chinese New Year, 3DM will no longer crack single-player games," said Bird Sister. This is reported by Torrentfreak.com.

The year of the fire monkey started on Monday (February 8th, 2016).

Specifically, 3DM's decision also means that no more cracks for the games in question should be distributed via the group's forums. The announcement by 3DM does not indicate exactly whether the dissemination of cracks from other groups via the 3DM forums should also be stopped.

Apparently, 3DM is also concerned about the sales of PC games. Apparently the group wants to find out how the end of the proliferation of game cracks will affect the sales of PC games. Bird Sister announces in this context that the group will take a closer look at the sales of PC games in a year's time.

The production of games is becoming more and more expensive, while the prices for the games themselves have remained stable in recent years. On the other hand, pirates argue that the game developers do not miss any income through piracy because the users of the cracks would not have bought the games anyway.

Game developer Jonathan Blow recently released his puzzle game The Witness for PC and Playstation 4.

In a tweet, Blow expressed concern that the game was being illegally distributed via torrenting. "It seems like The Witness is number 1 on several popular torrent sites. Unfortunately, this is not going to help us make a new game," tweeted Blow. A few days later, he announced on Twitter that he could see if someone was using a legal version of the game by watching The Witness streams on Twitch. He just "caught" a streamer with 3 million views.

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