With the company's departure, the PC Gaming Alliance now has only three game developers and/or publishers on the board (Epic Games, Capcom and Microsoft). Stude admitted to Big Download that having so few game developers and publishers in the group was a bit of a concern. However he added that he was confident that a number of game publisher will join the PC Gaming Alliance and there may be announcements to that effect before E3 begins in June
Stude also confirmed that PC maker Acer, who joined the PC Gaming Alliance as it was officially announced in February 2008, has also left the group. The reasons were basically the same as Activision Blizzard's. However Stude also confirmed that gaming retailer Gamestop has just joined the organization on the less expensive "Contributors" level of membership. At the moment Gamestop's membership is not listed on the PC Gaming Alliance's official web site.
The most interesting new member, however, is Sony DADC which is the parent company for the SecuROM software solution that several PC game publishers use for their digital rights management set-ups. Stude said that Sony DADC wanted to join the PC Gaming Alliance to give their input on the organization's sub-committee on PC game piracy. While some PC game consumers feel that any DRM set-ups, no matter how non-intrusive they are, are not needed, Stude told us that having Sony DADC's input on the piracy sub-committee will help to give the group the necessary ideas for its final report. Stude expects that the sub-committee's PC game piracy report and their recommendations on how to fight and deal with such matters, will be released before the end of the year.