Denuvo releases a free ebook on the dangers of game emulation while facing criticism for game performance issues and falsely portraying emulation as harmful to game developers.
Irdeto, the company behind the famous Denuvo anti-tamper technology, has recently published an ebook highlighting the significance of DRM solutions in the gaming industry.
If you've been playing AAA games on PC for a while, chances are you've come across Denuvo at least once. This DRM service has been used in many high-profile PC games, including the Resident Evil 4 remake, Hogwarts Legacy, and the Dead Space remake.
However, it's worth noting that Denuvo has also earned a notorious reputation for its negative impact on PC performance, causing frequent stuttering and frame drops. Still, despite the debates surrounding its implementation and impact on game performance, Denuvo has become increasingly prevalent.
After gaining popularity on PC in recent years, Denuvo is now targeting the Nintendo Switch and its entire library of games, which can be emulated.
In its 10-page ebook titled The Threats of Game Emulation to Developers: Are you worried enough?, Irdeto makes numerous claims, primarily focusing on the Nintendo Switch. The ebook explains how modern emulation has become a lucrative industry that led to piracy and reduced game sales for developers.
It argues that emulation poses an economic threat to game developers, damages their brand reputation, and violates their intellectual property rights, and the only effective solution to this problem, according to the book, is Denuvo anti-tamper technology.
To promote its ebook, Irdeto posted a tweet reiterating that emulation harms game developers. However, the tweet has received mostly negative feedback, with 89 likes and 1,708 quote retweets at the time of writing, with most of the retweets criticizing Denuvo for its statement.
The responses to the tweet are accusing Denuvo of causing performance issues in games with their anti-tamper DRM as well as for falsely portraying emulation as harmful to game developers.