Seems like a bad trade from here.
Activision Blizzard has bailed from the PC Gaming Alliance, the trade group devoted to promoting the PC side of the video game biz.
Joining the organization, however, is Sony DADC. You might know them better by their widely-reviled SecuROM software, the DRM that famously sullied last year’s Spore launch.
GP: As a longtime PC gamer who has been frustrated by the game industry’s shabby treatment of computer players in recent years, I’ve been enthused by the concept of the PCGA. But the decidely consumer-unfriendly SecuROM is a major part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Via: Blue’s News
UPDATE: Game Biz Blog spoke with PCGA Program Manager John Ehrig, who offered the organization’s view on
SecuROM’s Sony DADC’s participation:
PCGA doesn’t have any ability at all to limit its membership. Anyone that’s in the PC gaming arena who’s willing to pay their dues and sign a member agreement can become members. We’re not in a position to prevent people from joining our group.
We get [complaints] a lot, people saying ‘oh why are they a member, they shouldn’t be a member, they don’t really believe in PC gaming’. It’s not unusual at all… The impression that somebody in the general public might have in [a member’s] commitment to PC gaming can be completely biased by some rumour or false impressions they’ve picked up.