Paradox Boss: “I See No Reasonable Explanation” Why Studios Still Use DRM

Paradox CEO Fred Wester is a smart guy sometimes. I really should buy more of his company’s games. Here’s what he has to say about DRM, to GameSpy.

If you’re a CEO, you need to cover your back. And the people who ask — the board — know nothing about games. They’re there because they’re some investment company or something, and they ask, ‘So what are you doing to protect our game from pirates?’ And then they can reply, ‘We’re buying this solution from Sony.’

If you take something like Sony’s DRM, SecuROM – it’s a waste of money. It will keep you protected for three days, it will create a lot of technical support, and it will not increase sales. And I know this for a fact, because we tried it eight years ago, and it never worked for us. Two major reasons: it costs money and it makes you lose money, and the other is that it’s so inconvenient to customers.

Now, I see no reasonable explanation for why people keep on adding it. Especially the kind where you have to be online all the time, like Ubisoft. I think that’s, to me that’s 2003.

Not only does he have a positive message, he also talks some trash about a competing company. I love it! We need more people like Wester in our industry.

We’ll send an email to Ubisoft to ask them if they have a return volley. No, we won’t really do that. We just aren’t cool enough to pull something like that. Or at least I’m not. I really shouldn’t disparage my co-workers like that.

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1 Comment on Paradox Boss: “I See No Reasonable Explanation” Why Studios Still Use DRM


On January 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

I’ve never had problems with DRM, but it’s certainly true that it won’t slow down the pirates much. I think he pretty much said it in his first sentence; it’s done to make the board think that something is being done.

I don’t think much can be done about piracy, except maybe trying to instill some sort of morality in pirates by letting them know how it hurts those that make the games they play. When you see the height of the horse the pirates around here get on when confronted with their thievery, you’d think that morals and pirates might be mutually exclusive.

If piracy cools off after the SOPA scare, I think it will be attributed to DRM, so that won’t get rid of it. Certainly CDProjekt proved that having no DRM doesn’t dissuade pirates.