Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Valve Charges Against Ubisoft’s DRM

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, has charged against Ubisoft's DRM “service” in an interview at the GDC, and for what it seemed, many of the attending developers agree:
"One thing that you hear [Valve] talk a lot about is entertainment as a service. It's an attitude that says 'what have I done for my customers today?'"

"It informs all the decisions we make, and once you get into that mindset it helps you avoid things like some of the Digital Rights Management problems that actually make your entertainment products worth less by wrapping those negatives around them."
To be absolutely fair, Steam is some kind of DRM, though it does include many more advantages for players… as well from not having to be online to play.

The DRM has been criticised by both developers and gamers stating it as a “disservice” to those that will buy the game.

Will Ubisoft rethink the DRM strategy?

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