Halo Reach Leaked, MS Responds with the Banhammer

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Halo Reach was released to Xbox Live Marketplace, hidden and only accessible to games reviewers. a group of sneaky hacker types managed to bypass Xbox Live’s security, downloading the game for themselves. they then released it – in Games on Demand and ISO form – to the internet at large.

Microsoft have not taken kindly to their biggest game of the year being played before release – and have responded with the mighty banhammer.

This time though, they’re not just banning consoles found to be playing the game pre-emptively, they’re banning the associated gamertags too. How long might this ban last, you ask? Why, eternity, of course!

This is the mail that stupid pirates have been receiving for Playing Reach early :

Xbox LIVE
Notification of Permanent Suspension: Prerelease title play

This email is to notify you that your Xbox LIVE account privileges have been permanently suspended due to illegitimate prerelease title play.
Your conduct was brought to the attention of the LIVE Enforcement Team through the course of our operation of the service. The LIVE Enforcement Team has reviewed the evidence regarding this conduct and determined it violates the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and/or Code of Conduct. Because your conduct is in violation, the Xbox LIVE Enforcement Team has issued a permanent suspension.

During your suspension, you will not be able to log into Xbox LIVE. Your Xbox LIVE privileges will not be reinstated.

Customer Support is not able to modify or provide any further details about your suspension.

Microsoft expects that all customers abide by the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct provides guidelines for appropriate behavior while using the service.
You can view the Xbox LIVE Code of Conduct from the Xbox LIVE Dashboard under Xbox LIVE Policies in Account Management, or by visiting
http://www.xbox.com/live/codeofconduct.htm.You can view the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use by visiting http://www.xbox.com/live/termsofuse.htm.

Note: if you are not a user of Xbox LIVE, this suspension may have been enacted due to your activity in the Zune Social. You can view the Zune Social Code of Conduct by visitinghttp://www.zune.net/legal/codeOfConduct.htm. You can view the Zune Social Terms of Service by visiting http://www.zune.net/legal/termsofservice.htm.

Thank you,
LIVE Enforcement Team

If you’re a bastard pirate who’s stupid enough to play a leaked copy of a game online a month before it launches, you deserve all the consequences you get.

Source : Maxconsole

Last Updated: August 24, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. 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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