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EA Ditches SecuROM From Bad Company 2 Steam

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

Say goodbye to SecuROM, Steam gamers!

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gamers who bought their game through Steam will soon have to contend with one fewer DRM schemes when trying to play their game.

EA revealed in the changelog for the latest Battlefield: Bad Company 2 patch that the update will strip the SecuROM DRM protection from the Steam version of the game.

That doesn't mean that the game will be free from any DRM, but rather EA is content on using Valve's Steam-based DRM to protect its product.

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    builderbobftw , March 17, 2010 11:10 PM
    At least unlike Ubisoft (Creed 2 anyone), Not everyone at Ea is brainless.
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    mister g , March 17, 2010 11:40 PM
    +1, probably cuz they realized that they can make more with less DRM annoyances, wonder when Ubi will realize that.
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  • 25 Hide
    builderbobftw , March 17, 2010 11:10 PM
    At least unlike Ubisoft (Creed 2 anyone), Not everyone at Ea is brainless.
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    mister g , March 17, 2010 11:40 PM
    +1, probably cuz they realized that they can make more with less DRM annoyances, wonder when Ubi will realize that.
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    e-rock , March 17, 2010 11:44 PM
    About time. Nice EA is supporting Steam. Now only if we could get cheaper games from steam on release....
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    Shadow703793 , March 18, 2010 12:13 AM
    e-rockAbout time. Nice EA is supporting Steam. Now only if we could get cheaper games from steam on release....

    Agreed. At any rate, BFBC2 will probably go on "sale" during June/July on Steam.
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    randomizer , March 18, 2010 12:30 AM
    I really don't know why they had SecuROM in there to begin with. It's completely unnecessary and just adds another level of complexity. For the box copies it makes sense though, because they would only have SecuROM and not Steamworks.

    moriconThere are enough honest games developers out there that deserve my money and boy are they getting ever more these days!!


    Too bad that those honest game developers still get their games pirated all the way to the bank.
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    matrixhemi , March 18, 2010 12:32 AM
    Im confused, I just game what does all this mean if I have the steam copy? Bad or good?
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    dstln , March 18, 2010 12:43 AM
    matrixhemiIm confused, I just game what does all this mean if I have the steam copy? Bad or good?


    There's less hassle and securom on your comp, so good.
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    randomizer , March 18, 2010 12:43 AM
    It's good.
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    hopiamani , March 18, 2010 12:46 AM
    Damnit just when I bought the box copy.
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    spoofedpacket , March 18, 2010 12:54 AM
    moriconAnd all the other people who decide to buy a box are left with a DRM infested product, yeah you go EA...Exactly why I don't buy your games!!!


    Yes, we must cry, moan and make hyperbole level boycotts in forums because.. We are too lazy to pop a DVD in a drive. One that was securely stored in a media pocket no more than a foot from the drive it inserts into.

    I'm guessing most of the people who raise all kinds of hell over this 'new' era of DRM; but I promise you it is easier now than the 'page 36, paragraph 2, sentence 3, word 5' crap I endured in the 80's and 90's every time I wanted to load up a game.

    Don't get me wrong, I think boycotting should be reserved for games with a lifetime install limit of three times, and similar horrible DRM jokes; but over what EA has done on Steam? Poppycock. Enjoy not playing anything new.
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    axilon , March 18, 2010 1:28 AM
    moriconI don't use Steam on principle because this is exactly where its helping lead us to irrelevant of how cool it seems to be!There are enough honest games developers out there that deserve my money and boy are they getting ever more these days!!



    Much like the 12 indie games I have sitting in my steam library, at least nine of such I am quite sure do not have readily available boxed versions at retailers. Amirite? /sarcasm
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    nekatreven , March 18, 2010 2:05 AM
    sold!
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    frozenlead , March 18, 2010 2:13 AM
    Bad Company 2 keeps getting better. Honestly, it's one of the best games I've played in a long time. Ironically, I loaded up Modern Warfare 2 to test a connection issue, and it wouldn't load due to a file error. haha!
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    doomtomb , March 18, 2010 2:26 AM
    Thank god, I bought the game off steam two days ago.
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    4745454b , March 18, 2010 2:29 AM
    I've heard that steam has been busted so this might make it easier to pirate. On the other hand I'm a huge fan of steam so this is great for me. From the sales they have, auto patching, play anywhere (and thats a big one for me!) Seam just makes sense. Kudos to them for taking SR off.
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    ALANMAN , March 18, 2010 3:14 AM
    4745454bI've heard that steam has been busted so this might make it easier to pirate.


    In which case you'd have a copy you could never play online, which is the primary reason to play any of the Battlefield games.

    Steam is good, Kudos to EA.
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    d-block , March 18, 2010 3:18 AM
    4745454bI've heard that steam has been busted so this might make it easier to pirate. On the other hand I'm a huge fan of steam so this is great for me. From the sales they have, auto patching, play anywhere (and thats a big one for me!) Seam just makes sense. Kudos to them for taking SR off.


    steam has been cracked for some time.. good move to drop the additional drm though
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    chefboyeb , March 18, 2010 4:28 AM
    Yippie! Ya! Yo!
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    JohnnyLucky , March 18, 2010 4:45 AM
    One less DRM to contend with? Just how many DRM schemes does the game have?
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