Sega Apparently Learned Nothing From EA's Spore-DRM Mistakes

from the this-isn't-hard dept

You would think that, given the widespread negative publicity generated by EA's choice to use draconian DRM with the release of Spore, that other video game companies might recognize that they'd be better served going in a different direction. Unfortunately, that's not the case with Sega, whose Sports Interactive subsidiary has released the latest copy of its incredibly popular Football Manager product, only to find that many, many legitimate customers are discovering they cannot activate the offering because the DRM is not working properly. And, not surprisingly, this is now leading to numerous negative reviews on Amazon, as people point out how the DRM has stymied their ability to actually play the game they've purchased (while some have noted that cracked copies of the game are already widely available). Congratulations, Sega. Not only have you failed to stop piracy, you've also pissed off many legitimate paying customers, and made sure that the game is poorly rated on Amazon. What do you plan for an encore?
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Filed Under: backlash, drm, football manager, spore, video games
Companies: sega, sports interactive

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2008 @ 2:19pm


    The tech heads are becoming the minority where DRM awareness is concerned as problems w/DRM become more widespread and affect the non-tech heads.

    Some point and laugh at the Amazon review bombs, but for a lot of people that's the threshhold to purchase, tech headed or not. Buyers may never visit an official game forum, but if they buy via Amazon, they're going to get something to think about.

    I also read that this game doesn't use Securom but something called Uniloc. Sounds like same crap, different day to me.

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