Despite DRM-Free Version, Witcher 2 With DRM Most Pirated

Considering that The Witcher 2 is available on completely DRM-free, you’d think that pirating the on-disc version of The Witcher 2 would be shunned for the DRM-free download.

Nope. Apparently, pirates like rolling it the hard way. If you decided to pirate The Witcher 2, more likely than not, you’ll probably be downloading the version packaged with DRM.

CD Projekt’s CEO Marcin Iwinski believes that maybe pirating the DRM version is for “glory.” He sees no other reason as to why the DRM version is being passed around as opposed to the non-DRM version.

I’d propose that pirates continue to pirate the DRM version as a way of protesting DRM. The non-DRM version hasn’t been passed around maybe as a sign of respect to the fact that the game doesn’t have that extra barrier.

Maybe this indicates that removing the barrier of DRM is a good way of reducing piracy rates in PC gaming. Piracy’s impossible to prevent, no matter how many stringent regulations are put down to try and reduce it. I know plenty of people who’ve purchased games with tough DRM, such as Ubisoft’s online-always DRM, only to pirate the game anyway out of frustration of being unable to play the game when they want to. Hopefully, CD Projekt’s set an example that other publishers will take steps to follow in the footsteps of.


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  • HEXiT
    its a good start, but getting ubisoft to follow em will be like trying to get milk from a bull...
  • das_stig
    Stuff will always be pirated, so no point in pissing off the user who actually buys your stuff by incorporating DRM and all the crap that goes with it.
  • contrasia
    I'd like to think it'd encourage them to stop using DRM, but unfortunately it'll most likely result in them relying on online DRM like Diablo 3 did. The idea that both the game and the characters you create are tied to your account along with the code, thus eliminating piracy issues. Though this certainly creates even more horrible issues for the users/customers in question.

    Say goodbye to not being able to read the CD for installations because of DRM. Say hello to not being able to connect to a server instead to play the game you just spent time to install instead.