Regardless of the source of the denial what this highlights is that Internet is required for a single-player game. It is simply an artificial extra requirement which has a big cog in Murphy's Law. There are so many reasons you could be without Internet, it is unreliable in many places or simply not-affordable for constant connection in emerging markets or places like Iraq for certain American Citizens stationed there. Ubisoft has chosen to punish all of their legitimate customers to spite the people who never gave them money anyway. That's a winning business strategy: or more likely an executive who made a bone-head decision and everyone values their jobs too much to tell him he's an idiot.