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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    Ragaboo (profile), 20 Nov 2008 @ 10:30am

    Re: Re: Obviously no-one learned from Half-Life 2

    Agreed. Steam has been incredibly good to me. I've purchased many games on Steam, and I'll usually find a game that I want to buy and then immediately check to see if it is on Steam before going to Best Buy or Amazon. BTW, for what it's worth, I'm one of those old-schoolers who hates not having a physical copy of something as expensive as a video game, and yet I happily buy from Steam.

    The bottom line is that it is easy, unobtrusive, non-invasive, and from a company that I highly respect.

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