New Gears of War leaked, Microsoft warns of bans

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It’s only out in a month’s time, but Gears of War: Judgement, the next game in the blockbuster third person shooter franchise has been leaked online, meaning once again that pirates get to play before paying customers. It’s popped up on torrent sites and other bits of the internet’s seedy underbelly; just know this – playing the game online will probably get your console banned.

"We are aware of isolated cases in which Gears of War: Judgment content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately," Microsoft ‘s PR chap Graeme Selvan told us.

"Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services."

It’s warned that illicitly playing the game before release will likely result in a permanent ban from the Xbox Live service.

"Playing pirated copies of games, such as Gears of War: Judgment, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans."

Microsoft should also put an eye towards its own distribution and manufacture – because every single high-profile Xbox 360 release is leaked well in advance of retail availability. Every single one.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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