Patches to fix problems in games are an everyday occurrence. Ordinarily, these patches come from the in-house developers. Unless you’re Ubisoft.

In that case, it’s much simpler to get an existing fix and carefully not mention the fact. After all, think how embarrassing it would be if Ubisoft admitted the fix for the recent Rainbow Six Vegas 2 gaffe came from a pirate site.

Ubi put out a patch for RSV2 with a no-CD crack. That was necessary for all the people who bought the game online and couldn’t play it because, without a CD, the game failed the CD check. Good move, Ubi.

Of course, Ubisoft isn’t admitting anything. But you have to wonder about a company that goes to a pirate site to fix their own game problems. You know, the same sites they’re always ranting that steal their precious profits.

But hey, think of the time they saved here. Instead of coming up with their own code, they just borrowed existing code they knew already worked. Maybe they should borrow cracked versions of their games in the future for online purchase. It would certainly avoid nasty little problems like this one.

Ubisoft DRM Snafu on Ars Technica