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15 Apr, 2006

Ubisoft drops Starforce protection

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Copy protection is serious business and developers would do just about anything to make sure their hard work is safe from the ravenous claws of software pirates. Ubisoft is one such company that appears to have drawn the line where protecting their intellectual property is concerned. Having used the notoriously unpopular copy protection software Starforce on previous titles such as Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, Ubisoft have since announced that they have dropped the software altogether for their upcoming PC game, Heroes of Might & Magic V.

According to many gamers that had been exposed to the protection software, the program apparently compromises various Windows security settings, opening a path for hackers and trojans to wreak all sorts of havoc on the victims computers. The only way to rid oneself of the apparent backdoor vulnerability would be to uninstall the program in question, yet that is still rumored to not be a definitive solution.

While most gamers affected by this would sit at their keyboards and pout, one such individual seemed to have taken matters into his own hands by filing a class action lawsuit to the sum of $5 million. Unfortunately, his target was not set on Starforce, but developer Ubisoft. Their crime? Using Starforce. While Ubisoft didn't clarify what the reason for dropping it's collaboration with Starforce actually was, you'd have to think this might have had something to do with it.

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10 Comments
8 years ago
Hooray for Ubi developing some goddamn sense.
8 years ago
A developer developing, wtf?

Props to the dude suing Ubi as well.
8 years ago
About time it was gone, hate how UAService7.exe runs at startup (Starforce), and that's only because I have a Ubisoft game installed on my comp.
8 years ago
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Starforce didn't get it's bad reputation for nothing. A few months ago, in a rather despicable act of betrayal, an employee of the Russian based company provided links to a torrent site allowing a download of a pirated copy of the space sim Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords. Bad enough as this is, that game happened to be 'protected' by Starforce itself.
This is wrong, the employee posted the link to the torrent of the game which is a product of Stardock (who had chosen not to include any sort of copy protection or DRM with their game) saying that it was very easy to pirate without any kind of protection, hence why publishers choose to use products from companies like theirs.

Here's the story from Stardock's point of view: http://forums.galciv2.com/?ForumID=161&AID=106741
FYI: Frogboy is Stardock CEO Brad Wardell.
8 years ago
Nova Prime wrote
This is wrong, the employee posted the link to the torrent of the game which is a product of Stardock (who had chosen not to include any sort of copy protection or DRM with their game) saying that it was very easy to pirate without any kind of protection, hence why publishers choose to use products from companies like theirs.
Yeah, I thought that was wrong too, I've been following Stardock for a while and I remember them releasing a statement saying that GalCiv II would have no copy protection at all, and the game would even be able to run without the CD, apparently this annoyed Starforce, so the employee posted the link to the BitTorrent site, which is low, very low.

I think the lawsuit should be against Starforce, not Ubisoft, though I'll be happy if the guy is successful, because that would mean every game company would drop Starforce for fear of being sued.
8 years ago
Whether he wins the case or not Companies will drop starforce
BEFORE they get sued, its just easier then all the paper work that
goes along with it.
8 years ago
Yeah, there is no copy protection on Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords and you don't even need the disc to play. You should fix the article and do some research before posting shitty information. You're a games site FFS, definitely shouldn't fuck up information on games. By the way this was linked in Google News.
8 years ago
I can't seem to make reference to the part of the article in question anymore, so stop going on about it.
8 years ago
Heroes 5, here I comesss
7 years ago
See? There really is a god.
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Australian Release Date:
  18/05/2006 (Released)
Standard Retail Price:
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Publisher:
  UBI Soft
Genre:
  Strategy
Year Made:
  2006
System Requirements:
1.5 GHz CPU
512 MB RAM
32x CD/DVD-ROM drive
DirectX 9.0
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
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