Although everyone and their grandmother hate DRM programs like Denuvo and decorate their inclusion in games on any occasion, it is still technically illegal to remove these programs from video games. Normally, I would say you can bet that the companies behind DRM will pursue legal action against anyone who removes the programs, but is it really ethical to bet on something that has already happened?
If you have spent time searching the Internet for information about removing programs like Denuvo, otherwise known as "cracking", you may or may not have heard of REVOLT, possibly in the sky whispered or in all caps. Revolt is a hacker group dedicated to cracking DRM programs, and the leader, a man who is just known as "Voksi", has led an accusation against Denuvo. Voksi has been behind many claims that DRM lowers computers, as well as many more DRM-free version of PC games. In other words, Voksi is as much a master of PC gaming consumers as he is a scallywagging pirate. Just recently, REVOLT's website stopped, leading to confusion in the hacker community. In most cases, the cause would have been a result of a server error, a domain dispute or, in an ironic twist for a hacker group, a DDOS attack. But this was a special case. According to a recent Reddit post by Voksi himself, the place went down because he was arrested.
Well, by saying that Voksi was arrested, it's a bit of a simplification. The company behind Denuvo, also called Denuvo confusingly, filed charges against him, and the police came to their house, took on both server and personal computers, and according to a statement received by Kotaku, Voksi arrested. "I can not say it was not expected," explains Voksi. He later visited the police to explain himself (no word if he reclaimed some of his seized assets), but he is still in good spirits, all in all. While Voksi wishes to complete this trial in good faith with Denuvo (or as well as possible in his history), he admits that this is the end for him in the Denuvo cracking business. Or at least it's over for him on the front.
"I did what I did for you and of course because inflated software in our games should not be allowed at all," says Voksi. "Maybe someone else can continue my fight."
Adults obviously have no regrets. He thinks he is right and many PC players agree with him. Voksi closes his Reddit post with an open call to anyone who wants to help him in his fight, whether they are like-minded persons or lawyers. Particularly lawyers. Perhaps Voksi wants people to defend him in the event that Denuvo builds against him or maybe he will continue his eternal crusade against bloatware through more legal means.
While places like Kotaku have come to Voxi, he has refused to answer. Only time will tell if Denuvo stops with Voksi, or if the company will crack down on other Denuvo biscuits.