Ubisoft's maligned digital rights management system took a major hit yesterday, as hackers were able to affect DRM servers, rendering Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5 unplayable for select players for over six hours.
The establishment of "always-on" digital rights management for Assassin's Creed II has not been met with much favor by the gaming populace, as we've analyzed before. The practice certainly didn't win any fans this weekend, as a select portion of Ubisoft PC game owners were shut out of their games for a six and a half hour period on Sunday due to an attack on the servers.
In a series of twitter messages through its official account, Ubisoft stated that the outage was a result of hackers attacking the company's DRM servers, and that the issues "had the effect of blocking new requests from legitimate users." Ubisoft's outage marks the second straight weekend during which online errors caused players to get shut out of single-player games, as Sony's PlayStation Network "ApocalyPS3" rendered games like Heavy Rain unplayable.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has sent yet another Twitter message stating that yet another server attack has occurred, leading to another small outage. We've sent questions to Ubisoft and will report back with its response.
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