first_imgGame developer CD Projekt is a company everyone should appreciate even if you’ve never sat down and played one of their games. There are two reasons for this. The first is the fact they are anti-DRM and try to avoid using it at all costs. Secondly, they are the company behind Good Old Games, which has been serving us classic games DRM-free for a over 4 years now.CD Projekt’s most well-known gaming series is The Witcher, and CEO Marcin Iwinski has just given an interview where he reveals sales and piracy figures for The Witcher 2.Legitimate sales have exceeded 1 million copies, which is a great achievement. But the game has also been pirated roughly 4.5 million times, based on looking at torrent site stats and doing the math. In reality that figure is probably much higher.Unlike other companies working in the games industry, and in particular big name publishers, CD Projekt isn’t talking up DRM as a solution to those pirate copies. In fact, Iwinski thinks a 1 to 5 ratio between legitimate and pirated copies isn’t actually that bad.CD Projekt’s answer to piracy is just to offer more value to the legitimate gamer with additional content you can’t download such as collectible, physical items. When asked why other games use DRM, Iwinski explains it’s just a “I will cover my ass” solution that doesn’t work. Publishers don’t care and won’t listen to reason as long as the numbers add up.Read more at PC Gamer, via EDGEMatthew’s OpinionI have always had a strong opinion that DRM is totally the wrong solution for games, but now we have proof that game sales work without it. Selling a million copies of a game more than pays for its production and goes a long way towards keeping a studio open and working on the next titles. Those 4.5 million illegal copies can’t really be counted, as the people downloading them wouldn’t have bought the game. They are simply not lost sales. GOG is also proof no DRM works with 6 million legitimate game sales in 4 years.The argument that DRM stops copying is pretty ludicrous when you see many of the games carrying it available to download the week of launch. In most cases DRM just ends up being a downside of purchasing a legitimate copy, as you have to deal with it installing and running on your system.The state of DRM is pretty dire. It doesn’t stop illegal downloads, it increasingly requires a constant Internet connection, the game you bought has limited installs, and if the server the publisher uses to check a game is legal goes offline, your game becomes unplayable.CD Projekt does not use DRM, they are selling millions of games, and their future looks bright. Maybe it’s time for a long overdue rethink on DRM across the games industry.last_img

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