Blue's News notes
that some owners of Silent Hunter 5 (and apparently Aassassin's Creed 2) on PC have been sent an email offering a free game to compensate them for the problems experienced in playing their game.
"Following the recent temporary game server outages which may have caused disruption to some Silent Hunter 5 players on PC only, we would like to reward your patience if you have experienced any problems by offerring [sic] you a full downloadable game from the list provided below, completely free of charge."
Due to the (some would say 'draconian') DRM system in place, the game requires a constant connection to their authentication servers. This system has been subject to several failures since launch (some as the result of concentrated DDOS attacks) which has meant many people have had serious problems trying to play the game at all.
If you're an owner of Silent Hunter 5, make sure you're correctly registered with Ubisoft and keep an eye on your email to see if you're eligible for a free game - and drop us a line in the comments to let us know if you think this is a fair trade.