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Ubisoft Breaks Steam's TOS With From Dust DRM; Valve Offers Refunds

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"Ubisoft Breaks Steam's ToS With From Dust DRM; Valve Offers Refunds"

Author: William Usher
published: 2011-08-18 18:27:44

Big publishers never cease to amaze me how far they will go to screw gamers over for a quick buck, even at the expense of business integrity and consumer trust. Well, Ubisoft proves they’re no less evil than Activision or EA by breaking Steam’s terms of service agreement and forcing DRM into the PC version of From Dust after they said they wouldn’t.

It seems like lately publishers have been proving time and time over again that maybe Valve and the Steam powered digital distribution service really are the champions of the people.

In an article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft has changed their tuned about only requiring gamers to log-in once via a standard issue DRM security measure for their recent god-game, From Dust. Supposedly, after the one-time log-in gamers would be free to use the game from then on without requiring to be online to play the single-player game. Unfortunately, that’s not true anymore. Ubisoft has changed their tune and you will now always be required to be online each and every time you plan to log-in and play the game.

According to Lo-Ping, Valve is offering refunds to anyone who purchased the game. You’ll have to hop through a few loops and sign a ticket but I think the hassle would be well worth it in this case.

Take note that Ubisoft recently announced that they would be scaling back on the DRM for Driver San Francisco, which is a little scary because the same thing they said that wouldn't be included in From Dust WAS in fact included in From Dust in a backdoor manner. Does this mean that gamers can potentially expect the same fate from Driver San Francisco when it launches for PC in late September? If Ubisoft lied once about their inclusion of DRM I don't see why they wouldn't lie about it again.

Without a shadow of a doubt I’m now convinced that Valve removing those EA games from the Steam service and preventing the likes of Battlefield 3 from appearing on the service due to a breach in terms of service was actually for the betterment of the PC gaming community.

Time and time over it looks like one of the few e-tailers out there with consumers' interest in mind is Steam, and despite some people not being entirely fond of the service, you at least have to tip your hat off to them for not screwing gamers over and for looking out for gamer interests when it comes to software purchases.

Sadly, I doubt Activision, EA or Ubisoft will alter their ways to become more consumer friendly and it probably means we won’t be seeing a lot of PC ports appear on Steam in the future for the same reasons listed above.

You can get the full low-down on Ubisoft’s underhanded tactics over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. And I’ll go ahead and say it for the readers…Ubisoft, that was a real douche-bag move right there.

EDIT: Apparently people on reddit are saying that they are NOT offering refunds, but that Ubisoft is asking customers to go directly to them instead.
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  • Ubidoft are useless at PC, every multiplat game they've released on PC the last year or so has been delayed. It's at the point where you know not to take the initial release date at value cos you know they're gonna push it back.

    Sometimes you still end up with a featureless console port, I personally thinkl they're doing it to combat piracy in the first few weeks so people'll grab the game on consoles if they badly want it. Their biggest franchise Assassins Creed had something like a six month delay last time.

    Doesn't Ubi publish those CSI games for Telltale?
  • I really regret buying this game now. It looked like an awesome concept, but the controls suck, the actual game is pretty crap, and this whole DRM issue and the fact that I had to create an account for Ubisoft's crappy service that I'll never use within my own Steam account, along with the DRM by Ubisoft inside the DRM that should be coming in Steam just makes me mad.
  • tbm1986;535055 said:
    playing games that require going online every time I launch a game would not be a good move until I had a permanent place where I controlled the connection.
    You don't have to be online to play Steam games. You only have to be online to access the Steam community. If you set Steam to "offline," it won't require you to be online to play games.

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    I hate Steam as a DRM as well, but damn, these guys are really bold in opposing Ubisoft for this. Demonstrate this principle a few more time, Valve, and I might actually consider buying your games one fine day.
  • Wait, my cousin got from dust.
    I dont even think he knows what DRM is, but he is always online for steam anyway, so I dont think this affects him, unless he uses this refund to get himself a free playthrough of the game.
  • Since DRM of some sort is the future, I'd rather have it through Steam. Some of this onerous DRM is just fun robbing. I can't tell you how much I hated my experience with Bioshock 2 just because Windows Live games didn't want to function nicely on my PC.
  • Just wait until you see our new DRM. If you pirate the game I come to your house house and hit you with a board.
  • Amy Lukima;535204 said:
    Just wait until you see our new DRM. If you pirate the game I come to your house house and hit you with a board.
    Best DRM ever.
  • Amy Lukima;535204 said:
    Just wait until you see our new DRM. If you pirate the game I come to your house house and sic Max on you.
    Fixed for you, Amy.
  • Amy Lukima;535204 said:
    Just wait until you see our new DRM. If you pirate the game I come to your house house and hit you with a board.
    Used in tandem with Dial-A-Pirate, you can't lose!

    On the other hand, you'll have a bunch of Telltale fans pirating the game just so that they could meet the staff, head trauma or no.

    On the third (superfluous and mildly deformed) hand, you could yell "BANANG!!" as you swing the board, which would be extremely fun.
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