Denuvo Q&A

Denuvo Q&A


Hi all,

SEGA PC games feature Denuvo Anti-tamper software to help prevent piracy of our games.

There’s a large amount of misinformation around about the Denuvo software and how it operates with SEGA titles, so here’s a quick Q&A to help explain.

It is very much the case that this tech will be entirely automatic and unnoticed to the vast majority of players, but if you have concerns please do read on.


Will games with Denuvo require you to be always online?



Games will require initial online authentication via Steam during installation. At this point Denuvo will also automatically authenticate.

You can then decide to play in offline mode if you wish.

Some games sometimes need to be always online, but this isn’t a Denuvo requirement.


Can you upgrade your PC hardware without any problems?



Depending on the upgrade (CPU, mainboard or major OS update), it is likely that Denuvo will need to validate your PC again, which will happen automatically once you start the game. It may also be the case, depending on your upgrade, that Steam might need to validate your PC again anyway. So you would need to be online at that moment.

Regardless, if you upgrade your PC hardware in any manner, we would always recommend you go online anyway and download the latest drivers from your manufacturer’s website in order to ensure the best performance from the game.


Does Denuvo limit the max number of times I can install the game on different PCs?



You can install your SEGA games on as many PCs as you like under your Steam account.

The only limit is on the number on PCs you can install on in any 24 hour period. This is limited to 5 PCs.

There might of course be an unusual reason you would want to install the game on more than 5 PCs in a day, but we hope in that case you don’t mind waiting a couple of hours. This is obviously an important measure to help us prevent the spread of a pirated version of the game. We hope that you appreciate that by helping us to prevent piracy, you also help us make more games in the future.


Does Denuvo cause HDD or SDD (Hard drive) problems?



There’s a misconception that Denuvo writes data (or encrypts data) to and from hard drives continuously. It doesn’t. You can read more at the Denuvo FAQ here:


Will Denuvo affect the performance/FPS of the game?


The FPS is unaffected by Denuvo. During development care is taken to ensure the performance impact is minimised and optimised to keep the game running smoothly.

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