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Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight

Recent comments from Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early indicate Ubisoft has a newfound outlook on the impact of DRM on game sales, saying they understand that this can lead to punishing paying customers while failing to deter piracy as intended (thanks The Escapist). This is in stark contrast to their historical outlook, which led to the implementation of an onerous online DRM scheme several years ago that required a constant Internet connection before this was relaxed. Chris explains their changed outlook on this to GameSpot:

What becomes key for us is making sure we're delivering an experience to paying players that is quality. I don't want us in a position where we're punishing a paying player for what a pirate can get around. Anything is going to be able to be pirated given enough time and enough effort to get in there. So the question becomes, what do we create as services, or as benefits, and the quality of the game, that will just have people want to pay for it?

I think it's much more important for us to focus on making a great game and delivering good services. The reality is, the more service there is in a game, pirates don't get that," Early said. "So when it's a good game and there's good services around it, you're incentivized to not pirate the game to get the full experience.

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83. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 22, 2014, 10:04 Kevin Lowe
 
Redmask wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 08:51:

AAA publishers view the PC as an unimportant platform outside of DLC and microtransactional revenue. That's why all of the innovation on PC is happening outside of that space.
So get out there and reward those developers! People like Chris Roberts and Russ Bullock are bringing back the golden age of PC games I grew up on (okay, maybe with varying degrees of success for that last one). There's a ton going on without worrying about what the AAA world is doing.

I've got a Rift, a new HOTAS (I always wanted an FCS/WCS as a kid), and pledges for Star Citizen, Elite, MechWarrior, Hawken, etc.. At the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed Watch_Dogs, Far Cry 3, and plenty of other games from Ubi and other AAA publishers, on PS3, PS4, and PC.

My money is where my mouth is, and I'm getting hours of entertainment in return.
 
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