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Notch wades into Ubisoft DRM debate

Always-on internet "encourages piracy".

Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has chimed in on the raging Ubisoft DRM row, describing the publisher's demands as "insane".

A post on his Twitter feed today read, "Protip: if you pirate Ubisoft games instead of buying them, they will work fine if your internet connection goes down."

He stopped short of endorsing piracy outright, but added that Ubisoft is bringing it on itself with its restrictive always-on DRM policy.

"That said, piracy DOES hurt the developers. My point was that a DRM scheme that ENCOURAGES piracy is insane," read a further post, while another suggested that the best way to mount a protest might be to take your cash elsewhere.

"I personally stopped pirating games many years ago, so now I just avoid playing some games."

Ubisoft has attracted gamers' ire in recent months with the announcement that PC versions of both Driver: San Francisco and From Dust require users to log on to the internet every time they boot the game up.

The publisher recently claimed that the policy is a success, insisting it had seen "a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection."

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