'Watch Dogs' Players Swamp Servers; Uplay Not Available on Launch Day

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | May 30, 2014 6:11 PM EST

Just right after launch of the much anticipated game from Ubisoft, "Watch Dogs," players are having trouble playing the new open-world action release because the publisher's authentication servers are having a hard time with the pretty high demand. In fact, players trying to log in on PC and consoles are experiencing delays as well as failed connections. However, this issue is just intermittent, as some users are able to play the game just fine.

Ubisoft is aware of the problem and posted a notice to social media warning fans of the issue:

"We are experiencing issues with the authentication services for Watch Dogs," reads the Ubisoft post on Facebook. "Players may experience long delays when trying to login in-game. Please continue trying to login or redeem your code throughout the day until the issue has been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience as we appreciate your cooperation."

Basically, Uplay is Ubisoft's online hub that takes track of players across platforms and games, which eventually enables fans to earn achievements and rewards. For instance, owners of the motorbike game "Trials Fusion" for PC and consoles can unlock content in "Trials Frontier" for mobile, provided they hook up their Uplay account to both.

Moreover, Ubisoft uses Uplay to authenticate games to prevent piracy as well. But, despite these efforts, a pirated version of "Watch Dogs" was already available online before its launch. However, those who wish to get the pirated version of the game better think again. The pirated copy of the game comes with a bunch of malicious software that turns the downloader's PC into a Bitcoin-mining machine for an anonymous source.

"Watch Dogs" is not the first game to struggle with connectivity problems on the day of its launch. As a matter of fact, EA had similar issues when it launched the military shooter "Battlefield 4" back in November and, again, during the launch of the futuristic shooter "Titanfall" in March.

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