Ubisoft apologises for Uplay downtime

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U Play? No...no you don't.

This weekend, following a surge of new game sales thanks to Steam’s always popular summer sale, Ubisoft’s PC gaming service UPlay was brought to its knees – leaving many PC gamers unable to play the new games they’d just bought.

“Sorry for the inconvenience,” a Ubisoft representative said on the Ubisoft forums, adding that “The Uplay PC service should now be up and running properly. Please try logging into your game and let us know if you have any issues” – but not before users generated 27 vitriolic pages of complaints about not being able to play their games.

Uplay – which launched on the PC with Assassin’s Creed II, is a service that tracks in-game achievements, rewarding diligent players with in-game unlocks but, crucially, is also used as a once-off online DRM authentication service- once again highlighting the pitfalls and tribulations of online DRM. You can’t authenticate if you can’t log in. Once again, it’s a case of legitimate users getting the raw end, while pilfering pirates play to their blackened hearts content.

Unfortunately, DRM like this probably won’t be going away; in fact it’ll likely just become worse as more and more games require you to remain online to play single player games.

Last Updated: July 16, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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