Moscow-headquartered Akella, developer of Disciples III
, Age of Sail 2
and other titles, said Thursday it signed a deal with Byteshield to provide DRM for its PC games in order to counter piracy.
While many gamers object to the use of DRM, Byteshield has made efforts to reach out to gamers for input on creating the technology. DRM watchdogs Reclaim Your Game approve of the DRM, calling Byteshield "safe, transparent, and non-invasive on your PC."
Byteshield describes its technology as an account-based copy protection model that "enables users to run games on multiple computers without limiting their ability to use the product they purchased."
In 2008, Stockholm-based PC game distribution platform GamersGate said it selected Byteshield
for its catalog of digital PC titles.
"We are glad to work with ByteShield and hope for a long and successful partnership," said Vladimir Koudr, VP Publishing at Akella. Byteshield chief exec Jan Samzelius added, "Akella’s strong position in Russia along with their focus on user experience makes it a perfect fit."