Update: this was resolved a day later, after four days of the block. Ubisoft told me Monday that ““We looked into this with BT Infinity and were able to solve the problem. BT Infinity customers should now be able to connect to Ubisoft’s games and services as usual.”
If you were wondering why there’s been no Wot I Thinkery of the recently-released Might & Magic X: Legacy on this here website, it’s because Games For Windows Live’s heir apparent Uplay, Ubisoft’s proprietary download store, DRM and online infrastructure, has been preventing me from logging in and playing the game. I am not alone in this – it appears anyone using major UK ISP BT Infinity to provide their broadband is blocked from accessing Uplay, and even many Ubisoft websites. This means any game which requires Uplay (including a raft of recent Assassin’s Creeds, Far Cries, Tom Clancies and more) can’t be played. Some of those affected have enjoyed the makeshift mercy of Uplay’s offline mode; I and many others have not.
Trawling through grumble-filled support forums reveals that Ubisoft have blamed BT (though subsequently deleted the tweet in which they did so), BT have blamed Ubisoft, no-one really knows what’s going on and a fix could be any amount of time in arriving.
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