Ubisoft's DRM woes worsen

Beleagured gaming house Ubisoft has clocked up another major fail as it's DRM-laden games break the company's own piracy-busting servers.

Gamers trying to access the company's web portals which allow the DRM-infected titles Assassin's Cred II and Silent Hunter 5 to be played have been down for more than ten hours according to reports.

The controversial new system, which only allows punters with a permanent Internet connection to play the games they have paid good money for, seems to have failed at pretty much the first hurdle.

We expect class action law suits to be winging their way to Ubisoft lawyers as we speak.

Selling someone a game they can't play offline is a bit like selling someone a car that will only run on toll roads.

Ubisoft says that outage is due to 'exceptional demand' which is quite frankly the most pathetic excuse we have ever heard.

The company knew exactly how many copies of the two eagerly anticipated games had been shipped to retail, or downloaded from services like Steam. So how can demand be described as 'exceptional'? And why on earth did they ship both titles at the same time if the DRM servers were untested?

Once again, an overbearing and unnecessary DRM scheme punishes legitimate users whilst the pirates and crackers roll around laughing.