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Microsoft perma-banning early Borderlands and Forza 3 players

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The ban hammer is out again on Xbox Live so it’s always a good idea to scan through your friends list to see if any of your friends are dirty pirates.

Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s man of the law, has been warning pirates via his twitter account that anyone spotted playing Borderlands or Forza 3 prior to their release dates will be perma banned. Which pretty much means you and your console are uninvited from the Live experience, along with any console you have signed on through previously.

But if you are one of our regular CNA shoppers you know that you may pick up a copy early, if that’s the case don’t panic. You will not be banned.

They have ways and means of finding out which are illegal copies, or in other words they scanned the same torrents sites as the rest of the morons out there and have the secret serial numbers to ban.

Source: Eurogamer

Last Updated: October 19, 2009


  1. SH

    October 19, 2009 at 11:23

    I really wish MS would just resort to perma-banning the console and not just the account which was used to play the game.

    Pirates just resort to creating a new account when their existing one gets banned.


    • LazySAGamer

      October 19, 2009 at 11:41

      Perma ban is the console…. and any other console they have used…

      So it’s pretty harsh


  2. janrik

    October 19, 2009 at 11:28

    True that, but… 1 x arcade console = R2500

    1 X AAA Title = R699

    So at the cost of 3.5 games… they can get a new console and go forth.


  3. Someone

    October 19, 2009 at 12:29

    But what if i dont have live?


    • Someone

      October 19, 2009 at 12:30

      Ed: What if they don’t have live?

      Or I get wrongly banned (it happens)


  4. Ruslan

    October 19, 2009 at 13:44

    Wish it could be that easy to find and ban pirates for good on XBL.


  5. WitWolfyZA

    October 20, 2009 at 09:11

    i went onto the xbox live website and all the pirates were talking openly about their Forza 3 copies… And i said.. YOUR ALL GETTING BANNED!!!! Guess i was right 😉


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