Ubisoft shuts down cloud gaming platform in wake of hack

Digital hacker access granted

The PC arm of video game publisher Ubisoft’s cloud gaming platform, Uplay, has been partially closed after Russian hackers managed to trick the system into allowing users to download games without paying for them.

The crack reportedly gave free access to digital rights management not only to Ubisoft games, but also those from other publishers such as Electronic Arts (EA) and Square Enix.

The exploit was not limited to games that were already on the market, but also as-yet unreleased games including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which is scheduled to come out on 1 May.

In a statement, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Cloud Pro: “We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it quickly. Uplay’s PC download service will be unavailable until the problem is fixed, but no personal information was compromised and all other Uplay services remain available.”

This is not the first controversy faced by Uplay. In February, it brought the hosting of many of its online services back in-house, making a number of games bought through the platform and Uplay PC unavailable during the migration.

Meanwhile, rival gaming firm EA also ran into problems with its cloud gaming platform Origin when it was hacked in November.

Nevertheless, many of the big players in the sector, such as Sony, are putting their faith in cloud gaming, with the PS4 tipped to bring the technology to the mass market.

Jane McCallion
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