EA Releases General DRM De-Authorization Tool

By Chris Faylor, Mar 31, 2009 2:11pm PDT Now available on FileShack is the EA Game De-Authorization Management Tool, a 5.42MB download meant to help owners of EA PC games balance install limits.

While the publisher has already released a variety of game-specific de-activation tools, this one serves as a catch-all, scanning your system for any Electronic Arts game released after May 2008 that may have authentication limits, and then providing information on the amount of authorization slots in use and how to disable them.

Games covered by the tool include:

  • Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Dead Space
  • FIFA Manager 09
  • FIFA Soccer 09
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Lord of the Rings Conquest
  • Mass Effect
  • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
  • Mirror's Edge
  • MySims
  • Need for Speed Undercover
  • NHL 09
  • Spore
  • Spore Creature Creator
  • The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack
  • The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff
  • The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff

Thanks to Blue's News.

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  • You would think that buying/developing the DRM, plus the support calls, plus the negative press, plus this new DRM deauthorization tool would push these products in to a negative ROI (return on investment).

    You know we will never see the real financial info on the development of these products, but I can imagine that all of this DRM nonsense ate in to the games profits and thats why EA is backing off DRM lately. Times are tough and all that...

    In my company, adding DRM costs generally makes developing a SW product a wash, no way to turn a profit with the added cost of the DRM factored in. But then again, we don't make games... so the situation is a little different.