Ubisoft Sues Disc Replication Company Over Assassin's Creed PC Leak

By Maarten Goldstein, Aug 07, 2008 3:22am PDT

GameSpot reports that Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against Optical Experts Manufacturing, a disc replication firm based out of Charlotte, NC.

Optical Experts Manufacturing had been contracted to manufacture game discs for the PC version of Assassin's Creed, which was released this past April. According to Ubisoft, "an extraordinary breach of trust and gross negligence" led to one of the employees leaving the plant with a copy of the game some six weeks before the retail date.In taking the contract, OEM had to agree to security procedures that would've prevented such a leak. One of these procedures, Ubisoft alleges, is that no copy would ever leave OEM's premises.

NPD indicates that the PC version of Assassin's Creed sold only some 40,000 copies through June, nothing compared to the stellar sales on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. According to Ubisoft the version that ended up early on the internet was downloaded more than 700,000 times.

Making matters worse according to Ubisoft, is that the earlier version of Assassin's Creed contained a bug (for security reasons) that would make the game crash half-way through. Though supposedly this bug was not in the final release, the mix of reviews based on the buggy release as well those based on the retail version "created customer confusion and caused 'irreparable harm' to [Ubisoft's] reputation".All in all, Ubisoft is suing OEM for copyright infringement, breach of contract, negligence. For the breach of contract and negligence, the publisher is looking for at least $10 million in damages.

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  • Great that you've toured that plant, however, it is OBVIOUS that their security measures are lacking, so they did NOT take all of the necessary precautions as you foolishly stated.

    And as far as Ubisoft suing the replication company, stupid. Another example of a company that sues another if something doesn't go their way. The same thing could have happened after the title hit the market. It always does, so what?

    My feeling about these sue happy companies and the idiots that run them are they must be the nerds that never got their a**kicked in high school. Time that someone teaches them a lesson in the real world. Things don't always go your way; work around and or though it on your own, don't hide behind the cowards lawsuit!











  • Main reasons why AC failed for the PC...

    VERY early pirated copy available.(Even though I saw GTAIV and Soul Caliber 4 on torrent sites a week before actual release. They seemed to sell fine.)

    Game was almost publicly proven to be over-hyped, soon after console release. It didn't suck, it was average and kinda boring.

    Console release was much earlier and I'm sure the 4 mil or so copies they sold on them saturated the market.

    Thing is, If the last two weren't an issue, the piracy wouldn't have mattered. (Even Crysis sold 3 million copies.) I do think they have a valid case, as far as their particular situation with the Disc Replication company. I hope they do recoup, but seriously, how many more would have bought it? I say 2x as many. 40,000 x 2 = 80,000. Just because you see 700k leechers doesn't necessarily mean they all downloaded the entire game and played it. My friend GAVE me AC for 360 and I couldn't get past the first 2 missions due to boredom. I sure as hell ain't buying the PC version.