Pirates Crack Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's Denuvo Protection in a Day

Pirates Crack Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's Denuvo Protection in a Day

Pirates continue to tear through Denuvo DRM with ease.

Less than 24 hours later and the Denuvo DRM for Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been cracked.

While pirates have successfully cracked Denuvo on other games time and time again, the speed in which Shadow of War's DRM was cracked has apparently signaled to some players on Reddit that Denuvo implementation might be coming to an end. After all, some publishers even only include Denuvo up until the point where it's cracked before removing it, giving pirates an incentive to get past the DRM technology as fast as possible.

It's a bit of an understatement to say that Denuvo is unpopular with PC gamers. Denuvo has been blamed for hampering the performance of several PC games, most recently Sonic Mania. However, the actual program forces players to login online to activate a game, and discourages PC gamers from sharing their games.

Still, there are other instances where Denuvo has been successful at preventing pirates such as with FIFA 2016. And until otherwise reported, Denuvo will probably remain a fixture in major PC game releases for the foreseeable future. And as long as Denuvo remains pirates will race to crack it.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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