Arxan Announces Mobile Game Security Support for All Major Mobile Platforms at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015
Mobile Game Developers Are Provided With the Next Level of Game Security with Proven Mobile and Cross-Platform Game Security Solutions Bethesda, MD, March 2, 2015 -- Arxan Technologies, the leading provider of application protection solutions, today announced that its mobile game security support is now available across all major mobile platforms (Android®, iOS®, Windows Phone Series®, etc.). As the mobile gaming market gains rapid adoption, mobile game developers are subject to unique hacker risks and threats. Arxan’s innovative and proven security approach ensures that the critical code of the mobile app remains confidential and secure against unauthorized activity. Arxan uses a variety of techniques to mitigate threats and prevent reverse-engineering and tampering attacks. "Mobile gaming has rapidly emerged as the brightest star in the gaming universe," said Lewis Ward, IDC's research director of gaming. "The number of games downloaded to smartphones and tablets worldwide will nearly double to more than 60 billion games between 2014 and 2018." In the rush to gain market share, many game developers have been launching without considering hacker risks or having cross-platform support available. “Securing a mobile game is a very complex problem as the hacking threats faced by each game depends on the type of game it is, the platforms it’s available on, as well as how the game is architected,” said Rennie Allen, Arxan’s game security expert. “For example, an attack of reverse-engineering, code tampering and repackaging/republishing of mobile gaming apps can produce mobile app clones. Each clone can be different; some reusing code or artwork, and often successfully resembling the original mobile gaming app but with malware included.” Mobile game hacking can result in staggering revenue loss through many forms including:
- Destruction of in-app purchasing systems
- Cheating due to compromise of game play integrity and the community gaming experience
- Piracy -- In fact, multiple game developers have reported 90% or higher piracy rates for their games on the Android platform. The Android platform, however, is not alone; piracy is also common on the iOS platform, yet typically at much lower piracy rates.