Ubisoft Competes With Steam And Origin With Uplay PC

Ubisoft is entering the digital games distribution market with the launch of its Uplay PC service.

The new service is poised to compete with EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam although it is confined to Ubisoft’s own games only at the moment. In addition to selling digital games, DLC and free to play titles, Uplay PC also supports achievements, cloud saving, friend lists and chat. It also acts as a single hub for launching all Ubisoft games.

Uplay PC expands on Ubisoft’s existing Uplay online community, so the same account is used for both services. This gives the new service a considerable head start as Uplay already has 35 million registered users. For comparison, EA’s Origin has 21 million registered users a year after its launch; and the 9 years old Steam has 40 million registered users.

Uplay PC is more limited than Origin and Steam though. While both services offer third party titles, Uplay PC is limited to Ubisoft own games only. Ubisoft’s service is also tied to PC only while its competitors already support PC and Mac and expanding to Linux, Android, Facebook, and online-connected TVs.

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Stop buying digital, you are

Stop buying digital, you are putting so may people out of jobs. Just think of the stuff that goes between makers and sales, that's millions of jobs. But I know its not use everything that can be digital will be digital. At least I tried.

repost-spelling error my bad

Stop buying digital, you are putting so may people out of jobs. Just think of the stuff that goes between makers and sales, that's millions of jobs. But I know its no use everything that can be digital will be digital. At least I tried.

Really?

You tried by making an anonymous post in some random gaming website? Better review your strategy. Besides, its not like digital distribution doesn't employ people of its own. They need a whole lot of servers in several different locations(server farms), those need maintenance, every now and then the farms need to be expanded so there are people who need to take care of purchases and QA. Digital distribution isn't really destroying jobs, its changing them. Intead of hiring some guy who barely finished high school to sit behind a counter and sell games they hire a guy who actually studied beyond the bare minimum. Nothing wrong with pushing mankind to educate itself further.

You have a point there as

You have a point there as well but, what about those that cant pay for that expensive class or just don't have the time to take them? They are the ones at those conveyor lines making stuff. If I have to pee in a cup to get job that pays for their welfare then they should pee to get welfare. I for one just don't have the time or money.

YAW YAW

Never seen a lineup of software hippies or junkies in all my years, virtual equity is technically speaking a loss less market. Sure you could steal from a pool of developers but the only real loses are in the area of imaginary numbers. Oh I wonder how Microsoft ever survived all these years!

They have 35 million accounts

They have 35 million accounts from people who suffered under their DRM crap while trying to play a game. Yea those people are sure to go and try uplay pc. Being one of them I can say I won't be trying this crap. Ever since hawx 2 I decided to never buy an ubisoft game again.

No matter what we do.

I really wish there was some way we could make a difference. No matter how many of us quit buying there games they are still going to make a profit. Better to stay with game companies that do not require you to stay online 24-7 just to play their game.

worry not

Its 'their', not 'there' (when talking about possession). Just stop buying their games and you will make a difference, the effects of that won't be immediate but they do happen albeit many times it's not easy to see that.

lol

The number of registered users doesn't really matter if there are no active users Ubisoft! They should have learned by now and their drm failures isnt going to help.

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