Ubisoft sues disc production company

Written by Joe Martin

August 7, 2008 | 11:33

Tags: #assassins-creed #ubi

Companies: #ubisoft

Ubisoft has launched a lawsuit against the company which produced the discs for the PC version of Assassin's Creed it has emerged, voicing concerns that the producer allowed code for the game to be leaked before the game had launched.

Assassin's Creed launched on the PC earlier this year, a few months after the launch of the console version, but pirated copies of the game were made available online almost six weeks before the official launch. No matter your stance on piracy, you have to admit that that would eat a considerable chunk out of sales.

In fact, according to the RockPaperShotgun torrent charts, the PC version of Assassin's Creed was downloaded more than 25,000 times in a single day from just one torrent site. Yowzers.

Part of the contract that Ubisoft signed with the America-based disc producer Optical Experts Manufacturing stipulated that the code for the game would be held in top-level security and that no copies of the game would be allowed to leave the premises without permission.

Given that analysis of the pirated version of the game shows that it was ripped from an OEM-produced disc which had been originally uploaded by an OEM employee, it looks like Ubisoft has a pretty strong case on it's hands.

Ubisoft is now alleging breach of contract, negligence and copyright infringement against OEM and is seeking $10 Million in compensation.

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