Although everyone and their grandmother hate DRM programs like Denuvo and criticize their inclusion in games on every occasion, it is still technically illegal to remove these programs from video games. Normally I would say you could bet that the companies behind DRM take legal action against anyone who removes the programs, but is it really ethical to bet on something that has already happened?
If You've Spent Time Searching the Web for Information Removing programs like Denuvo, also known as "cracking", may have been heard by REVOLT, perhaps in whispering or capital letters. REVOLT is a hacker group dedicated to cracking DRM programs, and its leader, a man known only as Voksi, has led charges against Denuvo. Voksi was behind many claims that DRM slows down computers, as well as many more a DRM-free version of PC games. In other words, Voksi is also a master of PC gaming consumers as he is a scalawagging pirate. Recently, REVOLT's website closed, causing confusion in the hacker community. In most situations, the cause would be a server failure, a domain dispute or, in an ironic twist to a hacker group, a DDOS attack. But that was a special case. After a recent Reddit posting by Voksi himself, the site was lost because of his arrest.
Well, the arrest of Voksi is a bit too simplistic. The company behind Denuvo, also confused enough with Denuvo, filed an indictment against him, and the police came to his house, seized both his server and his personal computers, and arrested Voksi for a statement received from Kotaku. "I can not say it was not expected," Voksi explains. Later he visited the police to explain himself (not a word about whether he had recaptured one of his confiscated assets), but he is still in good spirits, all in all. While Voksi wants to end all this ordeal with Denuvo (or as good conditions as possible given her story), he admits that this is the end for him in Denuvo's business. Or at least it's the end for him on the front line.
"I did what I did for you and of course because bloated software should not be allowed in our games at all," Voksi announces. "Maybe someone else can continue my fight."
Voksi obviously does not regret anything. He thinks he's right, and many PC players agree. Voksi closes his Reddit post with an open call to anyone who wants to help him in his fight, be it like-minded people or lawyers. Especially lawyers. Maybe Voksi wants people to help him defend him if Denuvo builds against him, or maybe he wants to continue his eternal crusade against bloatware by legal means.
While sites like Kotaku have stretched out to Voksi, he has done so far to answer. Only time will tell if Denuvo will stop at Voksi or if the company will crack down on other Denuvo crackers.