Uplay PC download service disabled

Ubisoft confirms its online service temporarily shut down after hackers discovered exploit that allows free game downloads.

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Ubisoft has shut down its Uplay PC download service today after hackers discovered an exploit that allows games to be downloaded for free, including the highly rumored Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Gameplay footage from the title surfaced last night, following the exposure of the exploit.

"We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it quickly," a Ubisoft representative told GameSpot. "Uplay's PC download service will be unavailable until the problem is fixed. However, all other Uplay services remain available."

It is not clear exactly how the hack works or how long Ubisoft expects Uplay's download service to remain offline. The company representative confirmed that no personal information was compromised as a result of the hack.

Ubisoft recently signed agreements with more than 15 companies to make their games available through Uplay, including Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Telltale Games, and Bohemia Interactive.

Discussion

145 comments
kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Never had an issue with Uplay and ive put over 200 hours+ into Anno and Farcry3

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

there's a term in my native language; "besh hoeche chudegachish", it means u money grabbing wh**es deserve it !!!

rann89
rann89

Take notes, Microsoft.

blackothh
blackothh

all this DRM and now the hackers go right into your digital store and take what they want.............

when the @#$& will you people learn that people deadset on stealing will steal what they want. 


so now all game services are down. the likely aftereffect is some people deciding to crack their games JUST TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THEM. Some people deciding never to buy ubisoft again. then some people just plain angry.

commander1122
commander1122

until now since 2012....might and magic 6 town freeze problem still not fixed.....will never buy any game from ubi shit again

wexorian
wexorian

U suck is offline OMG i don't belive it :D

telaros
telaros

This is what they get for trying to be all Origin and crap. Should of just let Steam handle that stuff. But no, we need to keep splitting up more and more to cash in as much as possible and make our games exclusive only to our DRM system.


Is it so much to ask to just let Steam, which guarantees the devs get their money even if something goes wrong? Why split up the gaming community to DRM heavier systems like Uplay and Origin? Do you guys just hate not gathering constant information off your consumers that much that you have to spy on their every moment just to prove to you they are loyal customers that have to keep proving it every second of the day they log into your games? Maybe that is why EA really left Steam, allowing their games to be played on Steam in OFFLINE MODE. (I know that wasn't the case, it was just EA being greedy.)

In any case, I have only pity for the poor saps unable to play their games until Uplay goes back online for ones that may need to reinstall a game, want to play a game they bought but didn't immediately install yet (I do that so often) due to this DRM crap. Rest of Uplay seem ok at least.

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

Its gonna be awesome when the 720 is 'temporarily shut down' for something similar.

Vojtass
Vojtass

I hate Uplay. I still don't buy Ubosoft's games, because of this bullshit. Valve should force Ubi to remove Uplay from Steam games at least. One client is enough.

If you hate DRM, support companies like GOG.com and DRM-free products. Any publisher who wants to join GOG, must remove DRM. This I like! No clients, no bs. One fair price for everyone. A lot of additional stuff like wallpapers, manuals, soundtracks, artbooks etc.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

serves them right for ruining my favorite franchises 

assassin's creed, heroes of might and magic, call of juarez 

prince of persia 

i really hope those fuckers will get more shit like this 

b_o_l_h_a
b_o_l_h_a

Uplay

Origin

Steam

Live

Please i need more software to play games. this isn't enough.

frozenux
frozenux

Well this is trial by fire.I think steam went through this and is still under attack.If you are so hellbent on pushing your DD services be sure to have the proper securities in place and be vigilant because Hackers won't show you any mercy.At least apparently they didn't pick any of the consumers personal infos that's the only good news otherwise i would have been pissed.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

Why am I the last to know of these exploits. I wanted some free games too. ;)

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

Don't worry everyone, the rocket scientists at Ubisoft are SURE that everyone's personal information is safe.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Awesome. Wish I would have known about this before Ubisoft found out lol.

BludshedX
BludshedX

Uplay? oh yeah... the reason I stopped buying ubisoft's games

billlabowski
billlabowski

Been playing Blood Dragon all day. Can't wait to get it on Steam though, achievements and the fact that Ubi really poured a lot of work into this game.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Rayman for Wii U ... exclusive ?  oh u crapped on that ... then u don't release it forever ....

Guess what Poopisoft ?  LOLOLOL at you getting ****ed over LOLOLOL

GameGazersDen
GameGazersDen

U play sux lol. I don't support hacking something like that but i hate having to use U play to play my games lol 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I still think that ACBF has taken elements out from GTA5

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Another day, Another hack.

johnluke728
johnluke728

The first real DRM-FREE online game store besides GOG, and somebody had the balls to hack into it, instead of respect the service for the healthy contributions it brings to the industry? Are video game pirates just too lazy to torrent anymore?

This is a new low. Whichever twisted little parasite who did this deserves all the hateful, vulgar language I could write. A big fat **** you to the losers going lowball enough to take from a publisher directly.

Piracy used to be pretty darned funny to me back in the PSX days, but this, this is just low, even for a digital pirate to do.

blackothh
blackothh

@commander1122 dude, i cant tell you how big of a heroes of might and magic fan i am, and at the same time how dissapointed how heroes 6 was mishandled.


i bought the game when it was just realeased, and somehow my version of the game was stuck in demo mode no matter how many times i reinstalled it, took about a year for them to fix it. not to mention the blatant disregard for the skill system and the town screen. 2 of the things that give the heroes games their charm.


Total incompitance on the part of ubisoft, and they also screwed blackhole entertainemnt so bad that black hole is no more. and it was not black holes decision to cut the town screen or screw the skill system. such a shame.

Mik2303
Mik2303

@telaros You speak the goddamn truth! Let Steam handle the sales part! They don't even come close to its sales anyway!

Jennaralize
Jennaralize

@b_o_l_h_a I actually quite like Steam, for the sales and convenience, just a shame that none of these services allow for account trading or trading of used games (the latter kinda makes sense considering there is no physical product) once you are done with them... though it looks like next gen consoles won't allow trading either, so that's the way it's going I guess!

Jennaralize
Jennaralize

@STrugglingFool Humble Bundle is your friend :-) <3 Not free, but super cheap and you get to say where your tiny bit of money goes!

kelborn3
kelborn3

@STrugglingFool Its a tough world out there m8. Take comfort in the fact u are not the only one!!!!

frozenux
frozenux

@Imperiacommando  I just can't wait for The PS4 and Xbox720 to come out ,considering their PC architectures,we will see how really pious consoles gamers are since those devices won't be as alien to hackers as they were by the past.No wonder we hear the "constant online" reports about the Xbox720 because they know what will happen otherwise.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@HomieHesAKlown The pirated copy has Uplay totally disabled, and it makes for a better experience within the game. It totally sucks because I want to buy the game and I know that when I do buy the game, I have to then deal with Uplay. I want to support the developer and I will, but I can understand why people would rather just download the pirated version and bypass Uplay altogether.

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

@billlabowski You do know that you won't get any Steam achievements, right? But perhaps you mean those few bonuses you can unlock from within uPlay.

stev69
stev69

@SIDEFX1 Plagiarism in an industry based around creative medium? Unthinkable. 

comb5
comb5

@johnluke728U-play is nothing but a DRM program disguised as a game store. It even has a disclaimer every time you register a game. "This will link this game to this account PERMANENTLY. Make sure you are signed into the right account."

You also can not play any of the games you buy from them without first opening U-play. I have no idea why you thought it was "DRM-FREE."

PStrife
PStrife

@johnluke728 Taking the high route over yet another anti-consumer make believe service I see.  The Ubisoft online passes and make believe entitlement words are clearly so way beneficial to gps these days. 

Paying Ubisoft for more hassles to you, that is rich.

frylock616
frylock616

@johnluke728 


These guys are looking out for you. You dont own any of the digital goods you "buy" you only rent them until the next console comes out.

HomieHesAKlown
HomieHesAKlown

@billlabowski @HomieHesAKlown The only people who deal with DRM are legitimate customers not in the know.
There's plenty of legitimate customers who find a way to experience a truly user friendly experience much like the old days of PC gaming.

The cat and mouse game continues, more "secure" means the "hackers" get smarter.

I guess atleast this isn't a case of source code being stolen like with Half Life, that's pretty weak but FREE source code was the key to tech evolution. Hackers are good people, but there's always a bad side.


Just remember that your a criminal for downloading the leak through the found exploit.

johnluke728
johnluke728

@HomieHesAKlown @johnluke728 Well then, if Eddie misspelled Ubuntu, I shouldn't be surprised if he got the huge UBISOFT IS NOW DRM FREE HURDUR headline all wrong  some months back.

johnluke728
johnluke728

@comb5@johnluke728Well, that's the last time I EVER listen to a GameSpot article.

Didn't you see the headline some months ago? Ubisoft supposedly made a big deal about going DRM free for their service, after listening to countless customer complaints.

johnluke728
johnluke728

@hobotech64 @johnluke728 Well, that's the last time I EVER listen to a GameSpot article.

Didn't you see the headline some months ago? Ubisoft supposedly made a big deal about going DRM free for their service, after listening to countless customer complaints.

johnluke728
johnluke728

@PStrife @johnluke728 Who said I was buying any of their products through their service in the first place? I was just praising what little feedback they listened too from customers some months ago, by removing their atrocious DRM practices.

johnluke728
johnluke728

@frylock616 @johnluke728 Actually, you do own them, just to a more limited degree than what GOG and Humble Bundle provides. DRM is stupid, but at least games protected only by Steam Guard won't be dead weights on the hard drive when Steam is down, or the connection fails.

 With other services, and streaming games licenses of the future, yes, I WOULD feel cheated out of my money, because neither would be around forever.

 If one has to "own" a game that badly, just get it at retail and don't even bother with immaterial digital outlets. (Although you're screwed either way if the physical copy is loaded down with DRM.)