There have been a lot of questions about how we will be handling DRM on our new Games on Demand service, so I am going to try to help clarify things a bit:
SecuROM – Some of our titles (see below) will be using this DRM feature which allows for Five activations a month on any hardware. The key is tied to your account, so as long as you are logging in on your account you can install this program up to 5 times in a month (not just 5 times total).
Server Side Authentication – A feature introduced in Games for Windows – LIVE 3.0 which publishers can use at their own choice. This feature will tie the LIVE Access Key to your Windows Live ID and the Gamertag associated to it. Games for Windows – LIVE Server Side Authentication only affects your ability to log into the LIVE service, and the LIVE Access Key for such titles can be re-used after several installations.
Standard SecuROM® = 5 activations/month on any hardware.
Fallout 3Resident Evil 5 Street Fighter IV Battlestations PacificKane & Lynch Section 8 Viva Pinata Juiced 2Batman: Arkham Asylum Mahjong WisdomWhere's WaldoBorderlandsMax Payne 2GTA San AndreasChampionship Manager 2010LEGO Harry PotterLEGO BatmanTomb Raider: UnderworldBioShockMax PayneGears of WarUniverse at WarCivilization IV
Server Side Authentication (SSA) Titles:
Section 8Dirt 2TinkerMahjong WisdomWhere's WaldoBlacklight: Tango Down
Section 8 Prejudice
Dark Void (GFWL Version)
Ubisoft titles will use their custom DRM, either TAGES for older titles, or Orbit for the newer ones.
Football Manager 2010 uses Uniloc online activation.
These lists are incomplete as of now, but I or another member of the LIVE team will be updating this list as more titles are added to our catalog. And we’re working on methods to make it more clear what the activation limits are.
Thanks for your patience!