Electronic Arts is trying to make things right again with the release of the SecuROM de-authorization tool.
PC gamers probably know all too well the pains caused by SecuROM copy protection. EA’s game management system with SecuROM places a limit on its games to be installed on up to five computers to play the game.
While good in theory, in practice this just caused headaches for gamers who legitimately purchased the game. To ease their pain, EA has now released a tool that will manage the authorizations of each of the SecuROM’s protected games.
“If your EA PC game was released after May 2008 and has a machine authorization limit, you can now manage your computer authorizations using EA De-Authorization Tools!” EA released.
Gamers have the option to download a tool that will scan a user’s computer for any applicable games to de-authorize, or the user may choose to selectively download tools specific to each game.
The games affected are:
- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Crysis Warhead
- Dead Space
- FIFA Manager 09
- FIFA Soccer 09
- Littlest Pet Shop
- The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
- Mass Effect
- Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
- Mirror's Edge
- Need for Speed: Undercover
- NHL 09
- Spore Creature Creator
- The Sims 2: Apartment Life
- The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff
- The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff
With new developments in game DRM from Microsoft, Valve and Stardock, perhaps life will get easier for PC gamers who buy their games.