Electronic Arts Responds to Copy Protection Outcry, Removes 10-day SecuROM Check for the Troops

By Nick Breckon, May 09, 2008 12:45pm PDT BioWare producer Derek French recently caused an uproar after announcing that copy protection on the PC editions of Mass Effect and Spore would require online validation every 10 days in order for the games to continue functioning.

In the face of increasing pressure, BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts today relented, updating the official Mass Effect PC FAQ to note that validation will now only be required when the player downloads new game content.

Q: If the game isn't going to require an authentication every 10 days, will it ever require re-authentication?

A: Only if the player chooses to download new game content.

Electronic Arts also released a statement mentioning that Spore's copy protection will be similarly changed to allow for offline play, only requiring validation on a patch or game content update.

The publisher further noted that the protection will still only allow users to authenticate each game on up to three computers. Approval of further authorizations will be handled by EA customer support on a case-by-case basis. Neither game will require players to have the disc in their computer in order to play or validate them.

BioWare community manager Jay Watamaniuk broke the news on the company's official forums.

"To all the fans including our many friends in the armed services and internationally who expressed concerns that they would not be able re-authenticate as often as required, EA and BioWare want you to know that your feedback is important to us," said Watamaniuk.

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  • WAY TO GO!!! YEAH!!! that's how you properly introduce more intrusive DRM to the masses. Seriously, it's ingenious. You make a game that has more hype than almost any game ever made before this one, state that there is going to be the most intrusive, game breaking DRM management ever imposed by multiple factors of magnitude, then take a few steps back, which is a LOT better than their initial plan, and because of the CONTRAST of WHAT IT WAS to WHAT IT IS NOW, it seems like night has turned into day, and everyone can be happy again. Except for one little thing...it's still WORSE than Bioshock, which allowed for it to be installed on 5 computers, and a LOT of people complained about that, pirated it, etc. say what you will, people treated this as if hate crimes had been committed, with them as the direct, intentional targets.

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