Valeroa’s Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

Valeroa’s Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

Valeroa markets itself as a consumer-friendly alternative to Denuvo, a software anti-tamper technology that promised to work with offline games, provide no frame drops when used with gaming applications and incur no unnecessary wear on HDDs or SSDs.   

While the performance impact of Denuvo is a hotly debated topic, Valeroa promises to mitigate the perceived issue entirely, promising game developers to protect their games around launch while presenting no downsides to gamers. Perhaps the most noteworthy change is that Valeroa doesn’t limit the number of hardware changes PC, preventing the “Denuvo Lockout” issue that plagues benchmarkers, reviewers and other hardware testers. 

Valeroa doesn’t promise that their protection will never be cracked, which is perhaps a good thing given today’s news. Valeroa’s anti-tamper tech/protection has been broken, a mere three days after the launch of its first protected game, City Patrol: Police. 

At this time it is unknown whether or not Valeroa has plans to improve their protection for future game releases, or if any other games plan to utilise the technology at this time. City Patrol: Police isn’t exactly a well-known release, with the majority of the game’s Steam reviews being of free copies of the game. At this time most of the game’s reviews are negative. 

The first crack for Valeroa was created by a group called Steam006, who stated that “This “DRM” must be a joke, I hope the devs didn’t pay for this” in a recent forum post, which doesn’t inspire confidence in Valeroa’s long-term success. That being said, it is possible that City Patrol: Police’s implementation of Valeroa could be at fault. 

Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked  

While the aims of Valeroa are positive for consumers, the purpose of anti-tamper technology is to prevent hackers from creating pirated versions of the software/game, something which Valeroa has failed at with City Patrol: Police. Denuvo took years to crack for the first time, giving developers plenty of reasons to consider using the technology, and while Valeroa targets indie developers as an affordable offering, it has done little to inspire confidence in their product.   

As a small aside, please note that anti-tamper technology is not DRM, though the words have been used interchangeably by consumers in recent years. Anti-tamper technology is designed to work with DRM solutions, such as storefront-based solutions like Steam DRM, to prevent it from being removed from the game/software or bypassed. Valeroa and Denuvo are not DRM. 

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