Ubisoft suing over Assassin’s Creed pre-launch leak
Last month, Ubisoft filed suit against Charlotte, North Carolina-based Optical Experts Manufacturing, the company it had contracted to reproduce copies of the game disc. The publisher alleges that “an extraordinary breach of trust and gross negligence” on the part of OEM allowed one of the company’s employees to take a copy of the game home early and post it on the Internet in late February, six weeks before the game arrived in stores.
The publisher alleges that OEM had agreed to abide by–and thereafter ignored–an array of security procedures that could have prevented the leak. Ubisoft further alleges that OEM admitted to not following through on its security commitments and causing the leak. One such security procedure was to prevent copies of the game from ever leaving OEM’s premises.
Ubisoft said it tracked the earliest connections to the pirated copy of the game online and found that they were coming from the home of an OEM employee. An OEM-manufactured copy of the game was later found at the employee’s residence, though the suit doesn’t specify when that copy was found.