Nintendo is teaming up with cybersecurity expert Irdeto to combat piracy issues on its Switch console. The console’s video games have been emulated on PCs, allowing gamers to pirate their games.
Nintendo Switch Devs Fight Piracy with Denuvo
Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, major games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be emulated via hardware vulnerabilities. Some other titles ran on Steam Deck and Android smartphones. However, Denuvo may now help combat this issue. Denuvo is one of the most popular gaming security solutions that is used to prevent piracy and expose cheating in multiplayer games.
With a new portal dubbed the Nintendo Switch Emulation Protection program, Irdeto is helping the Japanese gaming giant combat piracy. The company claims that it is a “revolutionary technology to protect games launching on Nintendo Switch from piracy.” It added that piracy on Switch impacts sales on other platforms as well. This is great news for developers who make games for the Switch since their upcoming titles will be better protected.
But will Denuvo actually be worth it?
Despite the reputation Denuvo has built for itself in gaming, it isn’t completely infallible. The DRM software claims to have protected more than 1,000 games, but known names in the piracy scene managed to crack games like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War in less than a day. The addition of Denuvo on Switch games also adds to its cost since the software is expensive, which makes it inaccessible to smaller studios. Denuvo has also faced heavy criticism for the alleged performance hit caused by the software on games. The company has claimed that this is false, but certain reports have suggested otherwise.