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Obviously the Chinese pirates in the headline have a skewed perception of reality, because the games they’re specifically talking about were never free to begin with. Someone should let them know that there’s a vast ocean of free and free-to-play games out there, and there likely always will be. That, and many games out there don’t even include any form of DRM to prevent their distribution.

The prominent group of Chinese pirates in question (who call themselves 3DM) have been sent into a bit of a flat spin by the difficulty they’ve experienced in trying to crack Just Cause 3. That’s what’s led to their speculation that game piracy will be dead within the next few years.

Just Cause 3 uses anti-tamper tech provided by Austrian company Denuvo Software Solutions, which has proven quite effective in slowing down pirates in the past. Dragon Age: Inquisition, for example, was on sale for a month before 3DM’s cracked version finally surfaced online, and FIFA 16 still hasn’t been cracked since September last year. And now they’re having a really rough time with Just Cause 3.

Torrent Freak translated a blog post from a 3DM member known as “Bird Sister”, who explains that the group almost “gave up” on trying to crack the game because “the last stage is too difficult”. Bird Sister went on to voice major concerns about the ability of pirates to continue doing what they do in the face of increasingly effective anti-piracy tech.

“I still believe that [Just Cause 3] can be compromised,” said Bird Sister. “But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world.”

Aw. I almost feel bad for them. Almost. If Bird Sister’s predictions hold weight (which I kind of doubt they do), it’ll be interesting to see the effect it has on PC gaming in particular, given that publishers often view the PC as a less viable platform due to its high rate of piracy. Will people who traditionally pirate PC games actually start paying cash for them? Or will they just play far fewer games than they otherwise would? Either way, I bet publishers are currently scrambling to add Denuvo’s software to their games.

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