Denuvo claims that its Digital Rights Management (DRM) software has no performance impact on games that use it.
Denuvo is a very popular anti-piracy system among publishers that has seen huge success in recent years. However, the Denuvo experience is far from the best for the gaming community. The DRM system has earned an incredibly bad reputation for slowing down gaming performance and impacting the ability to use mods.
However, Steve Hewyn, chief operating officer of video game company Irdeto, which owns Denuvo, claims that players’ claims of performance degradation are far from the truth. He explained that gamers almost never get access to a single build of a game with or without active DRM protection.
Often developers remove Denuvo after months or years. But in fact, this is a completely different build of the game, which received a number of fixes, improvements and optimizations from the developers, which makes the game better. As a result, gamers compare the early version of the game with DRM Denuvo and the later optimized version without a protection system, but do not take into account any other changes.
Steve Hewyn states that the Denuvo team is working on security and performance reviews of the game to make sure that DRM doesn’t hinder performance in any way. He pointed out that Denuvo is a positive force in the gaming community as a whole, as anti-piracy technologies benefit players and protect publishers’ investments.
Huyn added that he is well aware of the distrust of the gaming community towards Denuvo, even if the performance claims are real. To back up their claims, Irdeto is currently working on a program that will give the media the opportunity to test the game with and without Denuvo DRM. He believes that this approach will restore the reputation of Denuvo.