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Old 14-04-2006, 09:40 AM   #1
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Ubisoft officially dumps Starforce
Citing "complaints," the publisher ends its relationship with the copyright-protection provider.

Following several days of rumors, Ubisoft has officially confirmed that it will no longer use the controversial digital-rights software from Starforce. "Ubisoft has decided to use an alternative copy protection system to Starforce for upcoming releases," said a rep for the company. The announcement means that Starforce software will not be included in Heroes of Might and Magic V, the publisher's much-anticipated forthcoming PC role-playing game.

Ubisoft's decision caps weeks of controversy surrounding Starforce. In Mid-march, an employee of the Russian-German-Chinese-Cypriot company was accused of posting a link to a site where users could illegally download Stardock's space-sim Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords. Shortly, thereafter, Aspyr Media decided to sever its relationship with Starforce and remove its software from its forthcoming game, Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars.

Ubisoft's motivation for ending its agreement with Starforce was more personal. At the end of March, the company was slapped with a $5 million lawsuit by gamers who claimed that Starforce's DRM system compromised the security of their PCs. "We are currently investigating complaints about alleged problems with Starforce’s software," said the Ubisoft rep.
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Finally some common sense...
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Old 14-04-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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The best gaming news in a long time, hurray for Ubi!
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Old 14-04-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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About time the gaming companys developed something like common sense. Starforce is the dumbest thing ever created. No copy protection will prevent people to actually pirate it. Steam didn't work, and Starforce didn't work, too. It just made things more complicated for people who actually buy the games.
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Old 14-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #4
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The paradox is that you would have less complications by pirating the game, than by actually buying it...
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Old 14-04-2006, 11:03 AM   #5
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Second Tulac's opinion.

This happening just month after Starforce's employee posted link for downloadable version of Galactic Civilizations 2 because they are not protected by their software. LOL Coincidence?
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Old 14-04-2006, 11:55 AM   #6
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I seriously dislike Starforce. First it makes it impossible for a new game to come without requiring the CD/DVD in the drive (hate it), then I have problem with 3 games actualy running because of Starforce.

Then then went to post that link about GCII. that was not cool.
What is the logic behind it? Not very clever.
(plus I love the way Stardock works)
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