Digital platform security company Irdeto has acquired Salzburg-based gaming security outfit Denuvo to provide anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for games on desktop, mobile, console and VR devices, according to an Irdeto release.
Denuvo provides technology and services for game publishers and platforms, independent software vendors, e-publishers and video publishers across the globe. Current Denuvo customers include Electronic Arts, UbiSoft, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate Entertainment, with protection provided for games such as Star Wars Battlefront II, Football Manager and Injustice 2.
Denuvo will continue to operate as usual with all staff retained, the release stated.
“The success of any game title is dependent upon the ability of the title to operate as the publisher intended,” said Irdeto CEO Doug Lowther. “As a result, protection of both the game itself and the gaming experience for end users is critical. Our partnership brings together decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats. We are looking forward to collaborating as a team on a number of initiatives to improve our core technology and services to better serve our customers.”
Denuvo’s anti-tamper technology prevents hackers from copying and reverse engineering games to redistribute the content. Denuvo will leverage Irdeto’s security expertise, anti-piracy technology, Irdeto Cloakware software security software security and application protection technology and IP to strengthen Denuvo’s own core offering, according to the release.
“Cheating on gaming platforms is also a challenge which must be addressed, as it can distort virtual in-game economies,” the release stated. “This makes the game less enjoyable or even unplayable for gamers and can be used to manipulate or bypass in-game micro-transactions.”
Denuvo’s anti-cheat technology prevents hackers in multi-player games from manipulating and distorting data and code to gain an advantage over other gamers or bypass in-game micro-transactions.
“Hackers and cybercriminals in the gaming space are savvy, and always have been. It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games. Much like the movie industry, it’s the only way to ensure that great games continue to get made,” said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo. “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.”
Denuvo technology enables binary protection for games and enterprise applications across multiple platforms, including desktops (windows), consoles (PS4, Xbox), VR devices and mobile gaming. Founded in 2013, Denuvo also provides additional technologies for use beyond the gaming market to protect B2B software, e-books and video assets for Hollywood studios, including protecting the “Hunger Games” trilogy, according to the release.