Just less than a month ago, infamous Chinese piracy group 3DM made the statement that there will likely be no free games in the next two years, because anti-piracy measures are getting too good. The group made the statement in reference to anti-piracy software Denuvo, which still holds Just Cause 3 safe and sound from the clutches of scurvy scalawags the Internet over. Boo-hoo.
Now, 3DM is bowing out of the cracking and piracy game, but they’re not specifically pointing at Denuvo as the reason.
Instead, 3DM spokesperson “Bird Sister” has revealed that the piracy group is shutting down for a year starting from today, 08 February. They will not attempt to crack “any single-player games”. They’re doing this in order to gauge whether or not their hacks and cracks really do have an impact on game sales. “We’ll take a look at the situation in a year’s time to see if genuine sales have grown,” Bird Sister said on her blog.
The timing is too good for Denuvo not to be a reason behind this decision. Still, it’s going to be interesting to see whether a cease in activities from the biggest and most notorious piracy group in the world really does have an impact on sales.
Of course, 3DM isn’t the only cracking group on the planet, so it’s not like their hiatus is going to end PC piracy.