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Microsoft Threatens Console Bans for Gears Pirates

| 19 Feb 2013 13:20
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Gears of War: Judgment gets pirated, a month before its scheduled release.

We've a month yet to go before the launch of the next installment in the Gears of War franchise, but pirates already have copies up on torrent sites. This doesn't please Microsoft, you'll be unsurprised to hear, and it has already threatened console bans for anyone who dares play a stolen copy.

"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," said Microsoft in an official statement, adding that "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."

This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Halo 4 had its share of piracy problems, and Microsoft was quick with the bans when it popped up on torrent sites. Moreover Microsoft regularly polices its system, often banning hundreds of thousands of accounts at a time on piracy charges.

The official release of Gears of War: Judgment is March 22nd, for the Xbox 360

Source: Eurogamer

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