Ubisoft DRM servers experience first downtime
Ubisoft's new DRM scheme experiences first set of problems, publisher claims an attack caused the outage
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Mar 8, 2010 - 11:10am EST (Mar 8, 2010 11:10)
When Ubisoft announced its new DRM system, that required PC gamers to be connected to the Ubisoft servers at all times while playing, one of the biggest concerns that gamers had is what would happen if the servers went down.
Well, as it turns out, when the Ubioft severs go down, no one can play their games and Ubisoft customers get very upset. At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games. Fast forward ten hours and it seems that the problem was finally resolved, with assurances from a Ubisoft representative that the servers were 'constantly monitored'.
In a tweet, the publisher revealed the attack happened between 2.30pm and 9.00pm Paris time. “Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday. Servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time.”
It's unclear whether this is a worldwide problem, or just a European one, but gamers are understandably frustrated. This is a test for new DRM that everyone saw coming, but probably didn't expect to see quite so soon.