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There are few companies easier to bash than Ubisoft when it comes to copy protection How To Play Games Without CD Using No-CD Cracks How To Play Games Without CD Using No-CD Cracks Any of your games, old or new, on CDs? With these cracks, you'll never have to use a CD to play your games again! Read More . The company has long used an activation scheme on most of its games that ties activation to your computer’s hardware configuration. This means that when you change your hardware, you have to re-activate your Ubisoft games before they’ll run.

Such a process isn’t entirely unheard of in software. Registration keys for Microsoft Windows work in a similar way. But Microsoft’s product registration usually only kicks in after a major system change, such as a motherboard upgrade. Ubisoft’s DRM is apparently a bit more sensitive.

This was discovered by Guru3D when they attempted to use the new game Anno 2070 for graphics benchmarking The 10 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows The 10 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows A benchmark produces a snapshot of your PC's performance. It can help you troubleshoot components, compare setups, and decide on hardware upgrades. Read More . Though aware of the game’s DRM, the site figured that swapping out video cards would be OK. They were wrong. Swapping cards required that the software be activated all over again. That would be fine if Ubisoft offered unlimited activations, but they don’t. Many of the company’s titles only come with three activations. If you use them up, you could be out of luck.

Ubisoft’s support does state that further activations can be provided if you use them up, but Guru3D’s initial attempts to obtain them were refused. The site has since been contacted by Bluebyte, the developer of Anno 2070, and activation for the site’s copy has been unlocked. But this action is almost certainly a unique response to Guru3D’s complaint.

If you’re going to buy an Ubisoft game, you’d better be careful about your hardware upgrades.


Source: Guru3D

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  1. Brandon_a_boyer
    January 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The irony is that in trying to prevent software piracy, they are actually alienating honest customers into using cracks. Customer satisfaction should always be first on any software company's agenda.

  2. Austin Beatty
    January 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    And this is why we have Piratebay, nobody wants do deal with crap like this, I mean seriously...

  3. Bben46
    January 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Where do they find the customers that put up with this?

    • M.S. Smith
      January 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      I suspect a lot of people don't even know about it. They don't make it very clear when you're buying one of their games. Fine print and all that.