EA Sued Repeatedly Over DRM
from the don't-piss-off-your-customers dept
We had already pointed out one class action lawsuit filed against EA for its use of SecuROM DRM on the game Spore, but it appears that others are getting in on the act as well. GamePolitics has news of two more class action lawsuits filed against EA over its DRM choices. At some point, you have to wonder if this is just people piling on and hoping to win a cash settlement out of EA — but again it does demonstrate how short-sighted the DRM decision was on the part of EA.
Considering that the game is available to download as an unauthorized file on various file sharing systems, it’s pretty clear that the DRM did absolutely nothing to prevent any piracy on the game. However, it did significantly harm the company’s reputation, and now they have to spend time and money fending off lawsuits. My guess is that the money spent on these lawsuits, combined with the revenue not recognized from folks who planned to buy the game but didn’t because of all this, will actually greatly outweigh any real “losses” from piracy.