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Two things worth noting..

1.Since the early nineties basically all the talent on teams that did original work have not been American or Brittish, and thus didn't write lengthy posts in American english style grammar..

2. The communities that would out-right attack you for suggesting Denuvo had nothing to do with the VMProtect engine are a GREAT source for technical predictive analysis on the subject..


No offense to anyone here, but Reddit and I'd even say CIN.RU are both members of the dumb-wave era of the internet.. It's dominated by the same people that create YouTube and Twitch stars who were defeated by basic computer usage before ~2004....

The average member on this forum can spend two hours looking at a Denuvo PE and know more about it than both communities combined... Even someone who needs a tutorial for UPX I'd bet...

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A funny joke site making fun of Denuvo was made here: http://revolt.group/donovo/

Here is an example of DRM overkill, Rime. A few days back Baldman removed Denuvo with the following comment... Good example of game stutter... Download video Ted

Does anyone even really care about the stupid 'scene rules' anymore? Who cares what some elitists want to state is required for something. If they can make the game run anywhere with or without Denuvo


Games Piracy Scene Reinvigorated, Four Denuvo-Protected Titles Released in One Day


Despite Excitement Among Fans, Denuvo is Still Doing Its Job

This quartet of releases has game-starved pirates pretty excited, especially since all four feature the defeat of Denuvo’s anti-piracy technology. However, if we take Denuvo’s position, that it aims to protect games during the first few days and weeks of their official releases, the technology is still doing its job.




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Mortal Kombat 11-EMPRESS

-Game Info-  Mortal Kombat 11

-Protection- Denuvo v7 + Custom 

Credits to Mr_Goldberg for his Steam emulator.

~Release Notes~

What I said about 95% of scene still stands. I am glad to see the 5% waking up but for how long? Can those 5% carry the whole scene, while others do nothing? Denuvo is not the only problem now, there is already other denuvo like DRM popping in several games now with example being the newly released "Raji An Ancient Epic" This is why I told you what my mission is and why I put so much dedication into it.

=====================================  People who defend DRM - don't wait till your trip and fall and have your  own shitty limitation experience to  start getting aware of the problem,  because by the time you do ... it will most definitely be too late  for the whole gaming industry.  PS: If you don't own it, then you are  better off without it, right?  Think about that.  Reminder:The reason why Ubisoft, EA and such companies never remove denuvo from  their games is only because the LOVE  feeling *superior* and ENJOY seeing you the customer as PIGS under their control or worse. If you want to be a *slave* for  those nasty evil custards, it's your  choice ... just don't dare to call yourself a man or even human being afterwards, cause you would have lost that already.



Borderlands 3 Psycho Kreig and the Fantastic Fustercluck Crackfix-EMPRESS

-Protection-  Denuvo v8 + Steam

Credits to Mr_Goldberg for his Steam emulator.

~Release Notes~ 

This crackfix fixes the game settings config not being saved and the random  crashes on game startup for some people.


People who defend DRM - don't wait till your trip and fall and have your own shitty limitation experience to start getting aware of the problem, because by the time you do ... it will most definitely be too late for the whole gaming industry.  PS: If you don't own it, then you are  better off without it, right?  Think about that.



Protection- Denuvo v7 + Steam



-Protection-  Denuvo v4.9 + Steam

Credits to Mr_Goldberg for his Steam emulator.





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Denuvo’s Anti-Piracy Protection Probably Makes Sense For Big-Selling AAA Titles


A hacking team believed to have obtained data from gaming giant Ubisoft has published documents that claim to reveal the costs of implementing Denuvo's anti-piracy protection. While the service doesn't come cheap, the figures suggest that for a big company putting out big titles with the potential for plenty of sales, the anti-tamper technology may represent value for money.

Mid-October, news began to surface that the systems of gaming giants Ubisoft and Crytek had fallen victim to a hacker attack.

Samples of the companies’ data first appeared on the dark web portal of ransomware group Egregor along with threats that the team could leak more confidential data in the days to come. Indeed, at the start of November, the source code for Watch Dogs: Legion reportedly hit the web.

Supposed Denuvo Contact Leaked

This week a new leak, apparently from the same haul, made an appearance online. Posted to various platforms including Twitter, the documents appear to reveal the financial costs of implementing Denuvo’s anti-tamper technology into Crysis Remastered.

The costs and effectiveness of Denuvo are hotly debated topics so this document, which appears to be authentic, casts an interesting light on the decisions faced by companies looking to protect their titles from piracy – if only for a while.

Crysis Remastered – The Costs of Denuvo

The ‘statement of work’ document begins by listing the headline price of Denuvo’s anti-tamper technology. There are two components – 60,000 euros for the first 12 months of anti-tamper plus another 80,000 euros if the company required ‘unique encryption’. This headline 140,000 figure could receive a discount in the event that the game was released before the end of March 2021, specifically on the Epic platform.

In the event, Crysis Remastered was released on September 18, 2020, meaning that the first year of protection from Denuvo was reduced to 126,000 euros. After the 12-month ‘protection’ period, the licensee will be given the opportunity to extend the contract, with each additional month costing an extra 2,000 euros.

In the meantime, however, additional costs can be incurred if Crysis Remastered turns out to be a particularly successful venture. In the event that the game receives 500,000 “cumulative first time activations” at any time during the licensing period, an additional one-off fee of 60,000 euros is payable to Denuvo.

Crysis Remastered Was Cracked a Month After Release

Just over a month following its release, Crysis Remastered was cracked by the group CPY, albeit after a couple of attempts to get things working as intended. So, considering that the title only enjoyed just over 30 days’ worth of protection, does that mean that Denuvo was a failure and therefore poor value for money?

That’s a big question but given that Denuvo’s current position is that it aims to protect games in the first days and weeks following release, claiming that Denuvo failed seems to be off the table. Whether it still represents good value for money also requires some guesswork, accurate figures for which are largely unavailable.

Waste of Time or Value For Money?

Nevertheless, since we know that Crysis Remastered was released in the Denuvo-discounted period before March 31, 2021, and we optimistically include the 500,000 copies sold clause relating to the first year, in this Denuvo protection will cost around 186,000 euros.

Reductions aside (some outlets are currently discounting the game), 500,000 copies sold at roughly $30.00 sounds a bit like $15m in revenue so, with the protection costing around 1.2% of gross, that doesn’t sound too bad. Indeed, at those prices, if the game enjoyed around 6,200 more sales during the first month from people who would’ve pirated had Denuvo not stopped them, the financial gamble seems pretty balanced, at least as far as this game is concerned.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that just because a game’s protection fails after a while, it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t go on to commercial success. For reference, the first Crysis was pirated at least 940,000 times in the year following its release (2007/2008) but remained profitable and went on to sell at least three million copies. Times have changed along with the entire market since then, but it’s worth a mention.

Denuvo Provides Additional Services in the Package

As part of the deal, Denuvo reportedly sends its engineers to the developer during the initial integration and then provides remote troubleshooting support, right up until the launch of the title.

The company also carries out manual testing of the protected title and then scans for early piracy leaks post-launch alongside manual piracy monitoring with regular emailed updates.

Denuvo is Probably Here to Stay

While the leaked documents only relate to Crysis Remastered, it is by no means the only game with Denuvo protection. Of all games released since September, just four have been cracked, all of them taking roughly a month to hit pirate sites. To date, titles including FIFA 21, Watch Dogs: Legion have all ‘survived’ their first four weeks, with others such as Dirt 5 and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered creeping close to that target.

Whether those titles and the ones released more recently (Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and Football Manager 2021) will make it too remains to be seen but overall it seems that developers still have confidence in Denuvo and the insurance-type policy it provides.

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that Cyberpunk 2077, the most anticipated title of 2020, will release December 12 without any DRM whatsoever. It’s not clear what kind of deal Denuvo would’ve offered its developer but it is expected to become a smash-hit nonetheless.

The question of whether it could enjoy even more success with Denuvo may never be answered.


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Denuvo Cracker EMPRESS “Arrested”, Blames Repacker FitGirl & Reddit For Witch-Hunt

Last year, games cracker EMPRESS told pirates that if they wanted Denuvo-protected games cracked and placed online, they would have to help fund that. While controversial, over the past few weeks this proposal has been overshadowed by a catastrophic social-media-fueled meltdown that has culminated - if reports are to be believed - in EMPRESS being targeted by the police.



EMPRESS Takes Things to a Whole New Level

Last year we reported how games cracker EMPRESS burst onto the scene with a plan to crowdfund the cracking of Denuvo titles. Straight off the bat, EMPRESS showed a remarkable lack of concern by confirming what appeared to be sensitive information, including that EMPRESS and another group, C000005, were actually one and the same. Links to another group, CODEX, were also revealed/claimed.

Since then, EMPRESS has delivered previously Denuvo-protected titles as promised but somewhat bizarrely, these achievements have been accompanied by masses of superfluous drama. Instead of maintaining a low profile, EMPRESS has become increasingly outspoken, restating connections to CODEX and even PARADOX (PDX), a group that has existed in some form or another for more than 30 years.

Labeling them all as “pathetic” probably wasn’t a great start but things were only just getting started. Fellow Denuvo-crackers CPY (which have considerable standing in the Scene) were branded “selfish and ignorant” and then attention turned to repackers including the world-famous FitGirl, whose work appears to have irritated EMPRESS intensely.



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