Irdeto presented the protection of the emulator Denuvo for switcha new piece of anti-emulation technology designed to make it harder to hack Switch games on PC.
Irdeto, the company behind the controversial digital rights management (DRM) program, said in a Press release which created Nintendo Switch Emulator Protection to ensure that developers could increase their revenue during a game’s release window. He noted that most Nintendo Switch games become emulated on PC from day one, and he hopes the new anti-emulation technology will help address that issue and ensure developers don’t lose out on critical launch sales to piracy.
“At Denuvo we understand that piracy negatively affects the gaming industry and we are working with industry parties to ensure they have the latest protection technologies available to them,” said Denuvo Managing Director Reinhard Blaukovitsch. “Our team is excited to provide a solution that will help developers and publishers to help combat the Nintendo Switch piracy problem.”
Denuvo said the Nintendo Switch emulation protection technology integrates seamlessly into a game build’s toolchain without affecting gameplay and inserts checks into the code to crash the game on emulators. Gamers, however, have been expressing utter dissatisfaction with Denuvo for years, even if they purchase games legally. They complained that Denuvo has caused PC gaming issues, from long loading times to slow performance.
They see the program as a double-edged sword: Denuvo protects games from being rigged for emulation, but throttles game speed in the process. Some game companies are generous enough to patch Denuvo of their games long after they release on PC, and others don’t even use it at all.
In this case, it’s clear that rampant Nintendo Switch piracy is a huge concern for Nintendo and Irdeto, and they’re looking for a comprehensive solution to stop it. However, it remains to be seen if this will have a negative impact on the performance of Nintendo Switch games.