Speaking at the Leipzig Games Convention, Microsoft today announced that its Games for Windows initiative has expanded with the addition of Ubisoft to its roster, joining the likes of 2K Games, Activision, Atari, EA Partners, LucasArts, Microsoft Game Studios, Midway, and SEGA.

"The addition of Ubisoft to the Games for Windows program and the continued innovation in PC gaming hardware is a huge win for gamers around the world who are experiencing the revival of the PC as a world-class gaming platform" said Kevin Unangst, global director of Games for Windows at Microsoft.
Ubisoft's first title to feature the Games for Windows branding will be "The settlers: Rise of an Empire". In addition, Microsoft revealed that its own Game Studios' Train Simulator 2 will also carry the Games for Windows mark. Finally, Microsoft also confirmed the return of its SideWinder brand of gaming peripherals, starting with a new Microsoft SideWinder Mouse, which it says has been designed to cater for gamers needs.