Chinese hackers have admitted defeat in their attempt to pirate a new video game release and warned that increasingly sophisticated software could wipe out piracy in the gaming industry altogether.
Piracy is highly damaging to the video game industry. In 2014, total revenue lost due to pirated games was approximately $74 billion and almost 2.5 billion pirated games were downloaded, according to research released last year by Tru Optik.
But this trend may be set to change. Streaming website TorrentFreak reported last week that the founder of Chinese pirating forum 3DM has admitted in a blog post that they were unable to pirate the game Just Cause 3, released in December.
"The last stage is too difficult and Jun nearly gave up, but last Wednesday I encouraged him to continue," the founder, known by her internet handle "Phoenix", said.
"I still believe that this game can be compromised. But according to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years' time I'm afraid there will be no free games to play in the world," she added.