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Fan Wants to Sue Ubisoft for Shutting Down The Crew

It would be an important precedent.

Players of all kinds of games are getting more and more scared to lose the right to the games they've bought as subscription services become more common and some companies remove access to the servers once they deem they don't get enough players.

The latter happened to The Crew, a racing game released by Ubisoft in 2014. In December, the studio announced that fans would lose access to it on March 31 as servers will be shut down. Naturally, this spiked gamers' anxiety, but not everyone is ready to simply accept it. 

YouTuber Ross Scott, also known as Accursed Farms, refuses to let Ubisoft take away what he paid for and will go to great lengths to prevent such situations. For this, Scott wants to file a class-action lawsuit against the company. His biggest argument is that Ubisoft has sold the perpetual license to the game and not a service, so players should be able to enjoy the ride at least offline as long as they wish.

Image credit: Ubisoft

It does make sense: if you buy (not borrow) something, it should be yours and no one can take it away. However, Ubisoft has probably predicted such a response and knows what it's doing from a legal standpoint. 

Scott has warned anyone who wants to support him that this lawsuit is at a brainstorming stage now, and there is no guarantee it will succeed. But it will bring people's attention to the problem of not owning games anymore, and this in itself is very important.

Ubisoft's name has been associated with the issue for quite some time. Recently, its director of subscriptions implied that we should get used to not owning games, as we did with CDs and DVDs. Maybe we will but I doubt it will happen peacefully soon.

Image credit: Ubisoft

A similar lawsuit was filed against Activision Blizzard by allegedly NetEase last year after the two companies discontinued their partnership and Blizzard's games stopped working in China. Later, it turned out NetEase had nothing to do with the lawsuit, which was actually started by a disgruntled Chinese player.

I think we should have regulations concerning video games because it is too easy for companies to control what we can and can't play. Maybe Scott's actions will bring us closer to a solution. Meanwhile, you can help him by providing ideas and funds for the cause. 

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