Ubisoft DRM Clamps Down on Hardware Changes

Ubisoft’s DRM has always been decried as some of the industry’s most invasive, and a new development will do little to change that reputation. According to a story in Rock, Paper, Shotgun, simply swapping out your video card will trigger the French publisher’s overzealous anti-piracy software.

Each Ubisoft game is limited to a mere three “installations.” With this in mind, number-crunchers Guru3D were testing strategy title Anno 2070 on three separate PC’s. When they switched out the graphics cards to compare benchmarks, however, the game abruptly stopped working. As it turns out, Ubisoft’s games cannot distinguish between a new PC and an old PC with new hardware.

This news surely marks a new low for relations between the publisher and the PC gaming community. Hopefully the issue is addressed soon, and gamers can continue to tinker with their rigs without having to worry about breaking their favorite games.

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3 Comments on Ubisoft DRM Clamps Down on Hardware Changes


On January 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

thats why i buy and pirate wont have drm but i buy the game and run the pirate copy so no drm


On January 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

So if bob keeps his retail or digital receipts, key codes, and then downloads pirates or cracks after to avoid DRM, but doesn’t share with others, how dose that stand up in a court of law? He is still breaking TOS OR ELUA?

Save your money bob, they’ll still come to put the fire to your ass even if you can prove you paid, your still a damn dirty criminal in their eyes.


On January 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

I haven’t bought a Ubisoft game since Assassins Creed 2 and that was the last one I will ever buy because of their stupid “online” play to cut down on pirates. Ubisoft, you are making your games more of an annoyance to play than anything. I don’t pirate games, I don’t mind paying the people who develop a decent game. But once you start having me jump through your hoops just to play the game, then I’m out.