Not even a lawsuit could kill Uplay

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 01:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Uplay is one of the less popular PC DRM systems, but all your fervent wishing that it would die has not been successful.


A suit brought against Ubisoft alleging Uplay violates a number of DRM technologies has been shot down.

Polygon reports a United States District Court judge dismissed Digital Reg of Texas LLC’s suit, which posited six patent violations related to regulating access, tracking access, delivering, securing and encrypting content using DRM.

The judge ruled that Ubisoft is immune to a patent infringement suit thanks to an earlier settlement agreement by Valve, which licensed the patented technologies. No, I don’t understand it either; but I’m not a lawyer.

Like every DRM system ever introduced, Uplay has a swathe of detractors. Steam and even Origin (to some degree) have managed to overcome the public’s initial reluctance to accept DRM systems by providing a host of useful social tools and being pretty reliable, but poor old Uplay’s not quite there yet. A nasty blip when Watch Dogs launched hasn’t helped its reputation, unfortunately.

In Uplay’s defence, it’s not Games for Windows Live, amirite? Give it a year or two, Ubisoft will iron out the bumps.



  1. Tormenter

    Do you have a source for trying to persaude us that Origin is acceptable now?

    I don’t see anyone singing it’s praises, certainly not any more so that those singing the praises of Uplay.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. The_Red

    I don’t think Origin’s DRM is as terrible, useless and ass-backwards as Uplay. If anything, Origin is trying to be like Steam while Uplay is trying to be, well, Uplay.

    Also who the FUCK sings praise of Uplay? Even Ubi employees would feel like shills by doing so.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Talkar

    Origin is no worse than Steam.
    Both are DRM, so they are inherently both bad.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    At least Steam is not as taxing on the system. Origin in game can kill the game’s framerate unless your specs are not well above recommended. Try to play ME3 with Origin in game enabled on a PC that is below recommended specs. On mine it cut framerate in third in measly 1280×1024 resolution. If that’s not bad, I don’t know what is.

    There is one way to kill Uplay. Don’t buy games that require it to anything beyond activation. I’m guilty of buying 3 AC games (Ezio trilogy) and FC3 there, but I paid about 12€ total, so I don’t feel like I’m supporting them.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Tormenter


    It’s funny, I’d thought of putting a comment in at the end saying that someone would be along in a minute to dispute what I was saying.. :/

    Go read all three Eulas.. Steam is bad, it always has been, But Origin and Uplay..Those Eulas should be illegal for the rights over your information that they give themselves.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. RPRezo

    >>In Uplay’s defence, it’s not Games for Windows Live, amirite? Give it a year or two, Ubisoft will iron out the bumps…

    …And become the true successor of Games for Windows Live’s glory.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Dendroball

    @Tormenter Now it’s time to back up your claims, it’s too easy to ask people to go check because you know, you can’t be bothered to explain (unless you want us to ignore your point thinking you’re just another mindless hater). With the scrutiny EA is used to (let’s be honest mostly from its detractors) if something was truly illegal, the firm would be in front of the court already.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. thegrimmling

    Steam’s DRM known as “Valve Anti-cheat (VAC” is pretty nasty if you get a false positive.

    Superbunnyhop here talks about his VAC false ban and even when it is “corrected”, how it still locks him out of Dark Souls II’s multiplayer….

    Wiki on VAC….

    #8 6 months ago

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