PC Gaming Alliance adds GameStop and SecuROM

The PC Gaming Alliance, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the image of PC Gaming, have had some shake-ups in their membership list lately. To begin, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard has left the organization citing problems in attributing expenses in money and staff. With Activision Blizzard’s departure, Microsoft, Epic Games and Capcom are the only developers/publishers left in the organization. To add, president of the PCGA, Randy Stude, has confirmed to Big Download that PC maker, Acer, who joined in early 2008 has also left citing similar reasons as Activision Blizzard’s.

Confirmed as the new guy in the group is GameStop. It doesn’t stop there as Sony DADC has been added as a new member of the PCGA also. Sony DADC is the reigning company of SecuROM, the developer of the digital right management software that has sparked vocal protest from the PC Gaming community. So, two prominent entities in the industry have left the organization while a retail chain that is not very much attributed to the platform and the developers of heavily criticized DRM are added. “Bam!” as Mr. Lagasse would put it.