Ubisoft have issued an apology for yesterday's Uplay outage, which left many gamers unable to play games they bought in the Steam sales... or even unable to activate them in the first place.
"Sorry for the inconvenience," reads the forum announcement. "The Uplay PC service should now be up and running properly. Please try logging into your game and let us know if you have any issues." Apparently the service is now running as normal, but it's another wake-up call for Ubisoft's less-than-popular 'always-on' DRM solution. A similar outage occurred when Ubisoft swapped their servers to a new location, leaving gamers with legitimately-purchased titles in the lurch.
In fact, Ubisoft have had a rather chequered history with DRM, seeing as a printing error forced them to redact Driver: San Francisco online passes, Anno 2070's draconian anti-piracy software requires new installs for hardware upgrades and most games end up being cracked regardless. Maybe they should quit while they're ahead?
Personally, I rather like the pithy user comment above the apology post: "If you are going to have always on DRM, make sure your DRM is always f*cking on." Gamers are starting to tire of these restrictive solutions to the piracy problem, and we'd love to get your take on the situation.