Christofer Sundberg, founder of Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios, has been speaking out on the issue of aggressive DRM.
Sundberg says that DRM only serves to punish legitimate consumers and does nothing to enhance their experience. Indeed, if it becomes so obvious as to be considered a hindrance, a rethink is in order.
“If a DRM system constantly needs to be defended, something must be wrong,” he told Edge Magazine.
“As a developer you will never win over any fans if you constantly let everyone know how much it costs to develop a game and how much money you lose.
“I don’t like always-on DRM solutions at all, since they offer nothing to the consumer. If you continuously give something extra for registering and being online, and award them for actually paying for and playing your game, it’d be different, but always-on DRM only says:
‘Thank you for buying our game, we trust you as far as we can throw you.”