DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Polygon report citing a YouTube video from "Team Spooky After Hours," the DRM in the Xbox One title Killer Instinct reared its ugly head during a tournament that took place at Queens College in New York.

The rather ugly scene derailed the tournament for a time. The video posted by Team Spooky After Hours (which you can watch to your left), shows Killer Instinct players at Queens College in New York battling it out in the Defend the School Tournament. The tournament included qualifying rounds for the New York City-based professional eSports event. At the 6:34 minute mark in the video you can see where things go off the rails. As the Xbox One boots players back to the main menu to ask, "Do you own this game or app?," the announcer can be heard saying "Xbone, no!"

"If you have a game disc, insert it now," read the on-screen instructions. "If there is no disc, make sure you are signed into Xbox Live. If you don't have rights for playing it, you'll need to buy it at the Xbox Store."

Sadly, this interruption from the game's DRM did not save the progress of the battle that was happening at the time. Apparently the prompt was triggered when the Xbox One lost connection to the internet. Sadly, the competitors were unable to continue from where they left off and had to restart.

Microsoft has not publicly commented on its DRM acting up in this first-party launch title during an event that was televised live via Twitch. Hopefully this was some sort of weird happenstance and not something that will rear its head again while people are trying to play the game competitively...

Source: Polygon


Re: DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

Well, hey, at least DRM stops all piracy in its tracks, right?

Re: DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

Consoles IMO have enough DRM being locked to the consoles the games are built for..

This added stuff.. Well, too all those who defend the always on required stuff, there ya go.
one little flub in the network, just a random little tick, and you get (x)boned hard.

This also shows how bad piracy is on the supposedly bullet proof consoles there, where the claim is that PC games are the only ones being pirated to death...

Re: DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

Wow, that DRM works like a charm doesn't it? It works SO well against the average consumer. The pirates, it was intended for are probably laughing themselves silly right now.


Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

There shouldn't be any DRM at all. It's a shitty thing to do to customers. Every company that uses DRM deserves to go out of business. That's right, I'm saying they deserve to lose their jobs. If you can't sell games without DRM, then you shouldn't be selling games. The same goes for the consoles that enable this garbage. It's infuriating that people keeping giving these pinheads money so they can come up with more and more abusive DRM schemes that do nothing but ruin the game for paying customers, while the supposed "thieves" get a free copy that is superior to the paid version.

I will not buy any more consoles. My Wii and my 360 will be the last game consoles I'll ever put money into. I'll stick to those two and PC games. I can play my PC on my TV if I really want to and with a game pad of my choice. At least with my PC I can play DRM-free games.


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