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Denuvo Claims to Fight Switch Emulator Piracy With New Defense

A new anti-piracy solution from Denuvo has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, which seeks to prevent pirated copies of games from being played on PC emulators. Denuvo claims that "Nintendo Switch Emulator Protection" will have no effect on the game and will ensure that anyone who wishes to play a game must do so legally.

The term "end-of-level or end-of-game 'boss' " is used to describe a level's (or game's) final adversary. They come in many shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose: to impede players from progressing any farther.

Denuvo, an anti-piracy company, decided to drastically change its strategy by making gamers pay before they even start playing the game. Now, anyone who wants to play a Denuvo-protected videogame without paying for it will have to defeat Denuvo’s protection right at the beginning.

To make matters worse, only a handful of people in the whole world are up to the Denuvo boss challenge. Therefore, unless they're prepared to pay for it, nobody gets to play the game until somebody emerges victorious. Consequently, Denuvo is very unpopular in video game piracy circles but very popular with its clientsβ€” some of whom have a new product that may need protection from pirates. You can get some games and emulators here:

Nintendo Switch Emulator Protection

Emulation software is generally safe from legal action as long as there is no obvious reuse of copyrighted code or trademark infringement. Emulators for gaming consoles are typically legal to create, distribute, own, and utilize.

The minority of emulator gamers like to reflect on that last bit, while the majority will have downloaded several hundred MAME ROMs, a few Nintendo Switch games, and be playing them on their PC.

Nintendo is concerned about all forms of copying, but emulator piracy is particularly dangerous because gamers don't need to purchase games or a console. Denuvo announced today that it has developed a new solution to end this problem.

It's a software that detects whether or not you're playing a game from the Nintendo Switch platform. It's called Denuvo, and it wants game companies to start adopting it right away.

Emulation Good / Piracy Bad

Reinhard Blaukovitsch is the creator and Managing Director of Denuvo, a cybersecurity company founded by Irdeto. In today's announcement on Irdeto's blog, Blaukovitsch warns that PC emulators may bring old games back to life with a twinge of nostalgia, but they also pose significant copyright issues.

Although it may sound exaggerated that hundreds of free emulators can play Switch games, that detail is relatively unimportant. Yuzu and Ryujinx are the most popular ones, supporting Windows, Linux, and macOS users respectively. All three can be used with completely legal software; however, Denuvo would like them to pose less of a threat to piracy in the future.

Games Need Protection From Emulation

β€œYour Nintendo Switch games need a protective solution. In some cases, emulating games may be safe, but in the end, it is still a major source of game piracy,” Denuvo's letter to Nintendo developers states.

β€œOur new Denuvo Nintendo Switch Protection protects your game right from the start, preventing pirates from getting their hands on it via a PC.”

According to Denuvo, its solution works automatically and efficiently by comparing a game's current state to how it originally was designed. If any changes are detected, the software will make the game unplayable.

The fact that Denuvo is promising to prevent Switch games from being pirated and assist developers in earning money may be seen as a threat. Gamers will just have to pay if they want to participate in the action. The hacking/piracy community on the Switch is likely find it so.

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