They own your soul now.
As of 12 May 2020, games giant Ubisoft recently updated its Terms Of Services (TOS). It’s usually just a couple of different updated wordings here and there, but this time several gamers (including YouTuber Upper Echelon Gamers and on Reddit) have pointed out disturbing anti-consumer details in the company’s new Terms Of Services.
These disturbing anti-consumer details can be seen in Section 11 of Ubisoft’s Terms Of Services under “What are the conditions applicable to the Content you may create/upload on our Services?”, which seeks to explain the different types of content that users may create, publish and share from Ubisoft’s Services, and the related rights retained by Ubisoft and to other users on such content.
User-generated content (UGC) now includes streams and videos uploaded by users. According to the new Terms Of Services, Ubisoft now owns all UGC in perpetuity and users will have to transfer any and all content to them if they request it. These TOS also dictate that Ubisoft doesn’t even have to credit any users they want to use the content of.
In addition, Ubisoft now has the right to use the user’s image or likeness, as well as the image of anyone else featured in the user’s content. What this essentially means is that if you have other content creators, family members or friends in your streams or videos, Ubisoft owns the rights to their image as well.
Ubisoft can use these images and likeness for any reason (including for monetization purposes on their part), but users will have to take responsibility and pay Ubisoft for any and all damages incurred if the third-parties in your UGC takes action against Ubisoft.
The worst part of it all is that if you don’t agree to new Terms Of Services by 12 August 2020, you’ll lose access to the company’s Services, which includes digital Ubisoft games, and anything that has anything to with UPlay. So basically everything.
Oh, and Ubisoft can now also terminate or ban accounts for a bunch of poorly-defined reasons ranging from spamming too much and going AFK (away from keyboard) to “disrupting the gameplay flow” and data-mining.
All of this is based on my interpretation (and those of other gamers) of Ubisoft’s new Terms Of Services. While I’m not a legal professional in any way, all of this doesn’t bode well for the rights of gamers and content creators who want to keep playing Ubisoft games in the future, especially as we enter the next generation of gaming at the end of this year.