EA: Nobody cares about DRM

Written by Joe Martin

October 15, 2008 | 10:15

Tags: #bioshock #drm #mass-effect #riccitiello #securom #spore #starforce

Companies: #ea #electronic-arts

EA Boss John Riccitiello has voiced his own personal thoughts on the SecuROM DRM solution used in several EA games on the PC, but claims that the majority of gamers don't care.

Speaking to Yahoo! (via Kotaku), Riccitiello said that the SecuROM DRM system that is used in games like Spore and Mass Effect PC is inconsequential for most gamers.

"We implemented a form of DRM and it's something that 99.8 percent of users wouldn't notice. But for the other .2 percent, it became an issue and a number of them launched a cabal online to protest against it," said John.

Cabal is right - Spore especially has suffered a huge backlash and been bombarded with poor Amazon ratings as a result of gamers reactions to the DRM system. SecuROM has been an on-going problem for EA too and not only have they been pressured into loosening the DRM restrictions, they've also been hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Interestingly, Riccitiello says that he personally isn't a fan of the system, but that it is needed as a way to combat PC piracy. Doesn't seem they are too bothered with the rising threat of console piracy then.

"I personally don't like DRM. It interrupts the user experience. We would like to get around that. But there is this problem called piracy out there," he added.

What do you reckon to the SecuROM DRM? Had any problems with it? Let us know in the forums.
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