Irdeto acquires Denuvo in order to increase security for video-games

Irdeto has announced that it has acquired Denuvo. As the press release reads, Denuvo provides anti-piracy and anti-cheat technology and services for producers and rights holders of computer games and home videos. Customers like Electronic Arts, UbiSoft, Warner Bros and Lionsgate Entertainment work with Denuvo to protect games like Star Wars Battlefront II, Football Manager, Injustice 2 or the blockbuster trilogy “The Hunger Games.”

As of January 1, 2018, Denuvo was fully acquired by Irdeto, a South African internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. The buyer provides security solutions for digital platforms and applications in different sectors, including media & entertainment, connected transport and IoT. As of today, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over five billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best-known brands.

Denuvo will continue to operate under its own brand and services. There will be no significant operational changes for Denuvo’s employees due to the acquisition. Their jobs in Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA will remain fully in place and shall be expanded over time.

Reinhard Blaukovitsch, Founder and CEO of Denuvo, said:

“Irdeto’s global footprint, technology, services and piracy analytics capabilities will help us further expand our market share. We will be better equipped to reach key media and entertainment customers for whom gaming security is becoming increasingly important. Together with Irdeto, our expertise will provide our customers with uniquely powerful security solutions to help them make smarter business decisions.”

The acquisition enables Irdeto to grow its addressable market for its core technology and anti-piracy services. It also enables Denuvo to leverage Irdeto’s market-leading software security technology called Cloakware and some of the Cybersecurity Services Market Unit’s piracy services and data analytics to strengthen its solutions to better serve its customers.

Doug Lowther, CEO of Irdeto, added:

“With the global gaming market estimated to be worth $128.5B by 2020, we see tremendous opportunity to harness our nearly 50 years of security expertise to address cybersecurity requirements in the growing gaming market. We are excited about the opportunities that this acquisition creates for both organizations.”