DARKSiDERSis a well-known cracking group originally formed in 1990, cracking games for the Amiga platform, and having used the motto “Twice the Fun – Double the Trouble!” since then. A piece of cracktro software released by DARKSiDER Sin 1992 with the game 10 Pinball Fantasies contained a complete list of their membership at the time. The most recent incarnation of DARKSiDERS began releasing unauthorized copies of games in June 2007, when they announced their return to cracking software. They were the first scene group to crack the version of Ubisoft’s Uplay DRM which required players to have a persistent Internet connection to Ubisoft’s licensing servers, first in Assassin’s Creed II and then in Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
The group has released cracks for Denuvo Anti-Tamper protected games, Yesterday Origins and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past. It is believed the former had a bad implementation of Denuvo which made it easier to reverse engineer, mostly due to a lack of support from Denuvo for protecting games written in C# and specifically games using the Unity game engine, with this lack of support having been previously demonstrated by an anonymous independent cracker having developed a crack for Syberia 3, which also used Unity. The crack for the latter was actually determined to be a modified executable file from the game Deus Ex: Breach, a free game which did not incorporate Denuvo’s software, released by the same developers and utilizing the same engine, which had been modified slightly to load the assets from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. A plurality of DARKSiDERS current releases are cracked versions of games that make use of Steam licensing.
In July 2017, in a statement released to commemorate their 10th consecutive year of releases since re-emerging in the PC game cracking scene, DARKSiDERS made cryptic remarks that the techniques used by DARKSiDERS , DARKSiDERS, and members of the Steam Underground warez forum to crack modern copy protections are not proper. These criticisms were themselves criticized on the web, as SKIDROW’s apparent standards for a proper crack would seemingly disqualify both their most notable crack of Ubisoft’s persistent online connection requiring DRM, which they emulated, and their most recent notable release of a Denuvo-protected game, which they cracked by modifying the executable from another game.[
It is unclear whether groups like PARADOX had any affiliation with the creators and distributors of so-called “ReDRM” dongles, including potentially having profited from the release of these dongles by drumming up demand by releasing copies of games which only worked when used with the dongle..