Well... Game developers are paid for making games and they don't add protection by default. DRM and other stuff is up to publishers. I often download games before buying - may it be demo or torrent. I download stuff when there's a chance I'll buy it: - torrent of GRID -> bought, even when I was able to play online - torrent of Borderlands -> bought 2 copies + DLC, even when I was able to play online - preordered NFS: Shift, I'm satisfied - preordered Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2 copies), I love beta/demo - downloaded Dirt 2 demo, piece of junk, deleting - downloaded Aliens vs Predator demo, not worth the money, deleting And I'm not going to download Assassin's Creed 2 as it would be only a waste of time. I have stable Internet connection, but what they're doing is just wrong and I will not buy this game. I can understand that they want to get rid of resellers, but it's just crazy. They could offer better prices for Steam versions and it would work well, or release free DLC after that, or just make game so good that people don't want to sell it. There are so many options. But nooo, it's just better to release a game with abysmal I-don't-know-what-protection.