Paradox: DRM a "negative incentive to buy a legal copy" - costs everybody
Posted: 25.01.2012 12:45 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Fred Wester of Paradox Interactive, a publisher 'allergic' to DRM, has once again championed against their use. In fact he's "so surprised" people still use - likely due to board-room politics.

People who buy a game "should have just as easy a time" playing it as pirates. DRM like SecuROM creates "a lot of technical support," and no bump in sales. Paradox tried it.

Wester argues that the use of DRM is more than likely just a ploy by CEOs to cover themselves when grilled by a board of directors, who aren't gamers and know little of the world.

"Iím so surprised that people still use DRM. We havenít done that for seven or eight years, and the reason is that it doesnít make sense. It doesnít make sense from a gamer perspective - I hated it. I bought Civilization III when it first came out, and for the first three days I couldnít play it," lamented Fred Wester.

"It installed some other software, and it just shut down. I had to contact Atari support three times before I even got help. And that experience is terrible." It leads to legitimate customers being treated as dirty pirates.

"No one should have to purchase a product that theyíre unable to install because of the DRM. There might be other reasons, like the compatibility isnít correct, or whatever. But people who purchase a game should have just as easy a time as those who pirate the game, otherwise itís a negative incentive to buy a legal copy."

"And I just canít see why people are using DRM still. If you take something like Sonyís DRM, SecuROM -- itís a waste of money. It will keep you protected for three days, it will create a lot of technical support, and it will not increase sales. And I know this for a fact, because we tried it eight years ago, and it never worked for us. Two major reasons: it costs money and it makes you lose money, and the other is that itís so inconvenient to customers."

Why do publishers still embrace DRM? It's partly cowardice, it seems.

"I donít know. I think thereís a lot of politics, especially in bigger companies. Itís simple for me being the CEO and half-owner of Paradox. I can basically call the shots I want to call, and if the board wants to ask questions itís like ĎOK, we can take this into consideration,'" explained Wester.

"If youíre a CEO, you need to cover your back. And the people who ask, the board, know nothing about games. Theyíre there because theyíre some investment company or something, and they ask ďSo what are you doing to protect our game from pirates?Ē And then they can reply ďWeíre buying this solution from Sony.Ē

"So I think itís been a way to cover your back, previously. Now, I see no reasonable explanation for why people keep on adding it. Especially the kind where you have to be online all the time, like Ubisoft. I think thatís, to me thatís 2003."

Check out the full interview between Fred Wester and GameSpy.
Source: GameSpy


By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 25, 2012
Could not agree more, DRM is just hurting the legitimate customers and no one else.

But on the other hand Paradox is in the business of making niche games that people actually cherish since they are so rare. It might not be the same for AAA titles specially with how big the budgets for those games are getting. The situation is not completely black and white here.

But even so DRM should be as simple an unintrusive as possible not like Ubisoft's, on that regard i again agree completely.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jan 27, 2012
I endorse this news! :)