Denuvo not necessary for sales — 10 million copies of Witcher 3 sold
Many publishers have turned to Denuvo, a DRM technology that keeps games out of non-paying pirates. Hackers have been working on cracking Denuvo, with 3DM claiming to be near succeeding. However we have yet to see anyone actually succeeding and releasing new cracks for pirates to download. Well CD Projekt Red, the developer of the Witcher series, has shown that it is not necessary to use Denuvo or any form of anti-tamper technologies to make sure people buy your games.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold close to 10 million copies across all three gaming platforms, despite not having any copy protection. You could literally just copy it from someone who has the game and install it on your PC and play. What’s even more interesting is that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt doesn’t have a multiplayer component, which means that you get the full experience even if you pirate it. According to the CEO of CD Projekt Red, Marcin Iwinski, most of the sales were on the PC, which meant that despite having the choice of pirating the game, gamers still decided to pay to get it.
At infoShare 2016, Iwinski said that The Witcher 3 practically doubled the total sales of the Witcher series. The Witcher series has sold over 20 million copies, nearly half of which is from The Witcher 3.
So to all the game developers and publishers out there, please do focus on making a great game instead of thinking how to stop people from getting your games through piracy. A good game will get players to pay, irregardless.
Pokdepinion: The Witcher 3 is a really awesome game. I didn’t pay for mine, but I got it at an ASUS ROG event I attended. I really enjoy the game, but to fully enjoy it, I need a much more powerful graphics card than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M in my Lenovo Y50.