Gamers angry after Ubisoft revokes their paid license keys

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#1

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French game developer Ubisoft has banned gamers from several games without a warning.

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#2

This is always the risk with software which requires activation. Your license can effective be cancelled any time without warning, and for any reason. There will always be a grey area when it comes to software licensing - how many legitimate Windows keys have been hit by WGA false positives over the years? But companies shouldn’t make arbitrary global decisions without considering what the law actually is in the countries where the transactions actually took place.

Adobe shut down the activation servers for their CS2-era products a few years ago. They made activation-free versions available to download for most of the affected products… but not all. :rolleyes:

The software may be old, but it is still more than adequate for most users’ needs. And in a few cases it was not developed further, so there is no newer version to upgrade to.


#3

Ooooops, hope they work something out. They shouldn’t be selling keys cheaper just because you live in a poor country, then penalizing folks that got smart and found a loophole to take advantage of their own system.


#4

[QUOTE=Dartman;2746391]Ooooops, hope they work something out. They shouldn’t be selling keys cheaper just because you live in a poor country, then penalizing folks that got smart and found a loophole to take advantage of their own system.[/QUOTE]
That’s the beauty of the internet. It can work both ways.

Ubisoft can do this because of their binding contract which you agreed upon to.

If the banning is valid in each and every country on this planet remains to be seen.


#5

I suspect they did the ban in one of two ways:

  1. Ubisoft bought one or more licenses from the affected retailers and traced these keys back to original place of purchase to work out what blocks of keys were purchased and in turn ban.

  2. If the user’s IP address does not match the intended country / region of use, then display this message. In this case, there is a possibility that the user might be able to activate their software if they can make a VPN connection to an intended country of use, assuming the failed activation does not result the CD key being permanently banned.