Ubisoft DRM servers “under attack again”

Monday, 8th March 2010 20:04 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Will whoever’s “attacking” Ubisoft’s DRM servers give it a rest? The poor loves over there must be in a right state by now.

Ubi’s just tweeted that its DRM servers are, yet again, “under attack”. Basically, this means some people can’t play the firm’s PC games.

“Our servers are under attack again,” typed a rep, presumably sitting in some kind of pulsating bunker.

“Some gamers are experiencing trouble signing in. We’re working on it and will keep you posted.”

This isn’t going well. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks, Ubisoft’s chosen form of PC DRM means players have to maintain a connection with its servers. Over the weekend, the publisher claimed it was “attacked,” meaning the servers went down. Which meant some couldn’t play Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5.

Ubi’s apologised for the down-time. Best keep the siren wailing for a while yet.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    I’m amazed and in some ways I support this :P

    then again why hasn’t this happened before like with EA’s past DRM methods which IMO were worse than this.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    *spits out his tea in laughter*

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Mr Tom


    #3 5 years ago
  4. deanimate

    okays i will stops takin’ down there servers.
    /takes cat off keyboard
    all duns!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I support this… But for what reason they are doing this? I mean if this will help for a crack its ok, but why you need to ruin others experience if it is not the best for now?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DeSpiritusBellum

    Hehe, I like the “claimed” part. It really wouldn’t look good if Ubisoft turned out to be as incompetent in preparing and maintaining their servers, as they are with public relations. It wouldn’t be the first time that a (presumably) brand new server farm started choking in it’s infancy.

    I’m not screaming conspiracy or anything, but it’s not exactly a company with any sort of problem when it comes to flaunting its moral ambiguity.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Michael O’Connor

    “I support this… But for what reason they are doing this? I mean if this will help for a crack its ok, but why you need to ruin others experience if it is not the best for now?”

    Consumers should not *have* to be shut off from their gaming experience simply due to a simple server outage. Consumers should not have to go through this process full stop.

    This is simply showing Ubisoft that their undignified approach will not be tolerated.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. revolting

    It’s a sad day for gaming when we find this amusing. But, guiltily, it is quite amusing.

    It does make me wonder, though, why there are some paying customers who rub their hands with glee at their pirate heroes striking down the big bad men in Ubi-suits; sure, it sucks for Ubisoft, but the customers are the only real losers here. The pirates really aren’t doing them any favours. The more this kind of stuff happens, the harsher DRM will get.

    Ah well. Apart from Batman, my PC is only for MMOs and work, these days. Sad, but true. I used to be a die-hard PC gamer, anti-console all the way, until the new millenium. Times change, and people change with them. Hopefully DRM will catch up with them, one day. Hasn’t for the last 2 decades, though.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Kalain

    I do find it a bit funny that their DRM has been crippled by a simple DOS attack, but feel for the people who want to play the game but can’t.

    I think the only people who are getting hurt here are the actual paying customers, which really isn’t fair to them, but at least it proves that this type of DRM doesn’t work.


    I always thought that but then I took another approach, consoles themselves are just boxes full of DRM. Try playing an xbox game on a PS3, and the distinct lack of any good backwards compatibility will make you think even more about what system is actually better.

    Think I’ll go load up Baldurs gate 1 and have another ru through. :D

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Freek

    This is fantastic! Usually pirates just bother the publisher, but now with Ubisoft’s great new system they can also ruin games for paying customers. Genius!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    Save yourselves, the sky..the sky is falling! ==\o/

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    revolting: For myself personally, this has absolutely nothing to do with piracy. I don’t condone it, and I never will.

    What this is is consumers showing Ubisoft that their DRM simply will not be tolerated. Mind you, the fact that PC version debuted at 14 in the charts would be indication enough to them.

    “I think the only people who are getting hurt here are the actual paying customers, which really isn’t fair to them, but at least it proves that this type of DRM doesn’t work.”

    This is *exactly* with the paying customers deserves to know why this system is so bad, and just how much they are being screwed over by the publishers. They were screwed over the moment they choose to buy the game.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. endgame

    this is the only way that they will drop the drm measures so to whoever is doing this i say again: fuck yeah! great fucking job m8! because not only that they tried to force that stupid tech on us but they r also asking 60 dollars for the game. what a joke. we’re not fucking console losers. we’re smart. developers and publishers don’t have the right to tell us how to play the game or to ask more than it’s worth. so keep doing it man. fuck those motherfuckers where it hurts them the most. u know, you’re like a robin hood for us now. ;D

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    we all love the gaming Industry!!!!!

    So this ggame is $60 and you can’t play the game!

    what a joke!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    If you think Ubi will throw their arms into the air saying “Darn it! We’ve been beat, we’ll use no DRM in our next games!” You’re quite delusional (not aimed at any one person btw, but at the masses).

    Ubi just may as well stop releasing games on PC all together at this rate. Their options are reduced to practically giving their games out for free or getting boo’ed out of the room for trying to protect their stuff from pirates.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Egon Superb

    IIRC, Stardock had a similar problem with their servers at the Demigod launch – which turned out to be a self-created DOS attack, caused by forcing even pirated versions of the game to log-in regularly. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ubi have done the same.

    Ask Brad Wardell for a comment, go on!

    #16 5 years ago
  17. blackdreamhunk


    just wiat until ubisoft is in a court room or bankuprt!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Old MacDonald

    Even if they are actually telling the truth about being attacked, it just shows what a lousy system this is. My ability to play my games on my computer should not be influenced by their inability to keep hackers off their servers.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Redh3lix

    Not that I give a shit anymore with regards PC gaming, but if you support these hackers for whatever reason both theirs or your own, it’s situations like these where publishers and devs say “fuck it, we’ll not bother with developing games for PC if this is the shit we get”.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. DeSpiritusBellum

    I feel bad for the people who aren’t getting what they paid for, but at the same time, I think it’s crazy to reward a publisher for making them all into suspects in the first place. I mean come on? Why would anyone want to pay to be monitored by a company simply to play their games?

    @15 You’ve got to be kidding me, right? Gaming has never, EVER, brought in as much money as it’s doing today, so it’s quite obvious that pirates don’t kill developers – Bad games do.

    They’ve been making the same argument about their impending doom since the early 90′s, all the while grossing more and more for every passing year, breaking record upon record, and this in spite of more and more computers getting hooked up to the internet.

    As such, resorting to draconic measures with your DRM is hardly a neccesary measure in any way, it just means that you don’t have faith in your products, which in Ubisofts case is doubly tragic since they actually have a decent line-up. One that I’d like to pay for if it didn’t mean indulging their Cyber-Gestapo delusions.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Redh3lix

    @ DeSpiritusBellum – I think your kidding yourself aren’t you? Are you aware of the RAMPANT piracy occuring on some of the recently released PC gaming titles (MW2 springs to mind, theres tons more). Publishers and developers HAVE left PC because of piracy.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. absolutezero

    Its not just pirates doing this by the way. Actually im pretty sure the majority are not pirates, why do they care about DRM when all they have to do is wait a little while and play the game without it?

    No im guessing alot of these “attacks” are from actual paying customers, theres some pretty militant communities out there and it does not take very much to spur them into action.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    Also its tinfoil hat time.

    I think very little of this is to do with actual pirates, digital piracy is not theft, you are not removing anything so someone else cannot buy it, no one is losing anything. Piracy is a pretty grey area in an illegal land all of its own. Its not theft, nothing is being stolen, its being copied and thats rather different.

    So thanks to the grey area piracy inhabits its simply not possible to ever guage how many pirates would buy a game if it was not available for free, all those massive stats thrown about the levels of piracy going through the roof actual mean very little because theres no way to tell how many of those are lost sales, no way of telling how many of the pirates went onto buy the game or DLC or whatever.

    Its an open platform and publishers hate that with a passion, a closed platform can be monitored and poured over for hours and hours to find the tinest little trends, thats just not possible on the PC.

    The second hand industry actually does harm the games industry though. People are buying games second hand and doing both publisher and developer out of money, no money moves forward from the games store. Its 100% profit for them each time someone buys a second hand game, you get gamers waiting for the deals to hit the trade in piles. Those gamers may aswell d-load the games for the help they provide the industry.

    Hell be a pirate your keeping some R&D guys working in Ubisoft anyway.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Michael O’Connor

    “Ubi just may as well stop releasing games on PC all together at this rate.”

    Considering how poorly AC2 sold in its first week on PC… yes, they might as well.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. bugmenot

    requiring an internet connection to play a game you paid for is too much, it would be understandable doing a drm check on a multiplayer title since you are already connected but not a single player title. What if ubi goes bust one day: your left with a polycarbonate disc to twiddle round your finger

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Keivz

    “requiring an internet connection to play a game you paid for is too much”

    Isn’t that the case with online multiplayer and MMORPG’s? How is that too much?

    This attack in no way shows that PC gamers won’t take this form of DRM from UBIsoft. Most any site can be brought down by a DoS attack. They are not forcing you to buy the game and they are not obligated to release it.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Michael O’Connor

    “Isn’t that the case with online multiplayer and MMORPG’s? How is that too much?”

    It’s retarded for a *single* player game. That would be like requiring me to be online to play my PS3 or 360.

    That’s not hard to understand.

    A quick validation when you boot up the game would be fine. Requiring you to be permanently connected just to play the damn thing? That’s just retarded.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. blackdreamhunk

    by the way I would like to say that DRM is ileagal in some countires.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. DarkElfa

    I don’t feel sorry one damn bit for the guys who can’t play. By buying into this Orwellian DRM system, they’re condoning its usage, so they deserve to suffer just like Ubisoft.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Bulk Slash

    Serves Ubisoft right. Again. Once more the paying customer has been shafted with sub-standard software, while the pirates will eventually have a fully working game without any of the restrictions. It’s no wonder it’s only at #14, I know I didn’t buy it because of the DRM.

    It’s also worth noting that the DRM has already been cracked. The only restriction now is the TAGES-style protection that prevents portions of the game from working when pirated. So basically Ubisoft’s DRM has already been defeated, it’s only the traditional copy protection that is stopping the pirates at the moment.

    Why did Ubisoft even bother with the online component? All that money spent on developing the DRM and buying servers and their DRM is already defeated. They should have just put the traditional protection in there and left it at that.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Badger

    I think this is a good thing. The longer this story stays in the news, the more likely it is that influential people will read it and have something to say about it. I mean if you search for “PC DRM” at the moment you mostly get pages about this story.

    I have never had any problems with DRM before, I’ve happily installed games with DRM in the past. I understand that the companies want to at least try and protect their product, and I’ve honestly never come into any trouble from using them.

    This DRM though, is different, it is there in your face stopping you from playing if they have a problem with a server. They ought to at least come up with a patch so that you can stay connected as long as is logically possible. If the servers go down, it shouldn’t affect you. If you internet is too slow, it shouldn’t affect you. If you have connection issues yourself, it shouldn’t affect you.

    DRM is only acceptable if most consumers don’t need to know it’s there.

    The fact is though, that all of this is mostly pointless as every game gets cracked and put on the net in the end. Game Companies should know this, not dwell on it and just focus on making good games.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Bleak Harvest

    “No old heathen, NOT TODAY!”

    #32 5 years ago

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