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GamersGate To Use ByteShield Licensing, Copy Protection For PC Games

Stockholm-based PC game distribution platform GamersGate has announced that it has selected ByteShield's Dynamic License and Copy Protection Engine for is catalog of PC g...

Eric Caoili

May 5, 2008

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Stockholm-based PC game distribution platform GamersGate has announced that it has selected ByteShield's Dynamic License and Copy Protection Engine for is catalog of PC games available through its online portal. Using ByteShield's Dynamic License, GamersGate will be able to offer a variety of licenses to customers -- full-feature trial, try to buy, variable-length rentals, rent to buy, subscriptions, and purchase. End-users can change their license at any time thanks to copy protection included with Dynamic License. ByteShield employs a central server to manage protection and verify installations. The system's design enables the copy protection to be transparent to the end user. In order for someone to remove the protection system, however, the entire protected application will need to be reverse engineered. Said GamersGate executive vice president Fredrik Wester: "When PC game and end-users purchase a game, they want to be able to use it anywhere. They should also be permitted to lend it to a family member or a friend. It should be easy to reinstall a program after a hard drive crash or a change to a new computer. End users should never have to call customer service. End users also resent saving receipts, product keys, CDs, or other items related to the license." He continued: "End users do recognize piracy as a problem and expect the license to be controlled in some manner. But the process should not inconvenience them. When one of our publishers requires a DRM system, we want to be able to offer a system which is end-user friendly. ByteShield elates the end-users by making the license completely portable and independent of the delivery medium. ByteShield is in essence invisible - an honest end-user with auto login turned on will never notice ByteShield."

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Eric Caoili

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Eric Caoili currently serves as a news editor for Gamasutra, and has helmed numerous other UBM Techweb Game Network sites all now long-dead, including GameSetWatch. He is also co-editor for beloved handheld gaming blog Tiny Cartridge, and has contributed to Joystiq, Winamp, GamePro, and 4 Color Rebellion.

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