Irdeto buys gaming security specialist Denuvo

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 23, 2018

"Irdeto has acquired Denuvo, the world leader in gaming security, to provide anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for games on desktop, mobile, console and VR devices", Irdeto said in a statement.

While it seems likely that the companies have been in negotiations for some, the timing of this announcement also coincides with negative news for Denuvo.

Yesterday it was revealed that the latest variant of its anti-tamper technology - Denuvo v4.8 - had been defeated by online cracking group CPY (Conspiracy). Customers like Electronic Arts, UbiSoft, Warner Bros and Lionsgate Entertainment work with Denuvo to protect games like Star Wars Battlefront II, Football Manager, Injustice 2 or the blockbuster trilogy "The Hunger Games". Recently, however, a major South African internet and entertainment group has made a decision to purchase it altogether.

"Irdeto's global footprint, technology, services and piracy analytics capabilities will help us further expand our market share". Therefore, purchasing Denuvo makes sense. Denuvo headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, will also remain intact along with its sales operations.

Denuvo will continue to operate under its own brand and services. Denuvo now holds offices in Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA. There will be no significant operational changes for Denuvo's employees due to the acquisition. We will be better equipped to reach key media and entertainment customers for whom gaming security is becoming increasingly important. In joining with Irdeto, we are bringing together a unique combination of security expertise, technology and enhanced piracy services to aggressively address security challenges that customers and gamers face from hackers.

Irdeto said the deal brings together decades of security expertise to help prevent revenue loss for game publishers and disrupt cheating in the gaming environment. Moreover, Irdeto wants to improve on its design, which means that games will receive even better protection in the future. We'll just have to wait and see if the investment pays off.

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