In PC gaming, online stores have largely replaced retail. The major ones have their own software packages that manage downloads, instant messaging, and the actual shopping experience. Steam is the king of the hill, at least in terms of sheer popularity. But Ubisoft and Electronic Arts have created their own versions of it, complete with franchises like Battlefield and Assassin’s Creed that can only be accessed through their walled gardens. So, let’s determine who’s No. 2 around here.
Watch Dogs has launched today but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the highly-anticipated open-world title. According to Ubisoft it appears that the authentication servers for its digital distribution service Uplay has been malfunctioning.
Honest PC users aren't in need of yet another reason to rage against Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes that often serve to setup hoops for law abiding citizens to jump through without stomping out software piracy, but just in case, here's another one. Ubisoft's Uplay client may contain a rootkit that could allow remote hackers to infiltrate your system and take control. Yikes!