Steam Pulls Two Ubisoft Games, Ubisoft Deny DRM is the Issue
Steam, Valve’s digital content delivery system, has removed Assassin’s Creed 2 and Silent Hunter V from its UK site. CVG, citing an anonymous ‘œindustry insider’, has said that the DRM measures used in both titles is one of the reasons behind the decision.
Ubisoft has spoken to CVG and have claimed that it actually stems from a ‘œlocal business discussion between Ubisoft and Steam in UK’ and not the troublesome DRM. They also point out that they’ve only been pulled in the UK, with the US versions still available.
Do note that this is an unnamed source that is claiming that DRM is the reason for conflicts and right now and we have no idea of his/her reliability. They have said however that “Steam doesn’t want to lose its reputation for customer service, and these games have angered its user-base”.
Both games use Ubisoft’s DRM which requires titles to be connected to the internet at all times to play. Ubisoft’s servers crashed however, meaning that players could not play the games.
Valve boss Gabe Newell also recently told devs at GDC that overly restrictive DLC ‘œmakes your products worth less’. His attitude on DRM is well documented.