Pirates are finding it harder to crack new PC games

New copy protection is putting their business model in jeopardy.

Pirates at the infamous Chinese hacking forum 3DM are complaining that recent PC games are simply too darn hard to crack, according to Torrent Freak. The problem is apparently Denuvo, a copy protection scheme that prevents tampering of the underlying DRM. Two recent games that use the scheme, FIFA 16 and Just Cause 3, have still not been cracked, despite appearing in early December. Based on the current pace of encryption tech, "in two years time I'm afraid there will be no free games to play in the world," said one forlorn pirate.

While hackers from 3DM did break an early Denuvo-locked title, Dragon Age: Inquisition, the tech has been improved over the intervening year. It's nearly unheard of for PC games to remain uncracked for more than a few weeks -- often, they're broken before they even go on sale. If the recent Denuvo games remain locked for much longer, pirates may give up and either buy them on Steam or Origin or move on to something else. Suffice to say, the gaming industry will be keeping a close eye on what happens.