Cities: Skylines is being pirated, but Paradox has a plan

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 16 March 2015 01:40 GMT

Cities: Skylines has done well enough that Paradox is seeing an uptick in piracy, but it knows how to fight that.


Cities: Skylines is making a lot of waves in the PC gaming community because it offers a kind of city building experience many fans expected from SimCity.

Paradox’s Sham Jorjani said not everybody who has been attracted by this attention has been a paying customer.

But Paradox knows how to fight piracy, because it’s done it before.

Paradox, like CD Projekt, seems to believe draconian DRM only drives more users to piracy. What you need to do is make paying for the game less of a hassle than pirating it.

And this approach absolutely works.

Despite the repeated success of generous responses to piracy, other games companies continue to build alternate DRM systems to rivet on top of Steam. Jorjani even made a crack about it:

Ha ha! Awesome. Cities: Skylines is available now – on Steam, obviously.

Thanks, DSO Gaming.

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