Microsoft warns of console bans after Gears of War: Judgment leaks a month before release

ADDZ Feb 19, 2013

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    Microsoft warns of console bans after Gears of War: Judgment leaks a month before release

    UPDATE: Microsoft has shown off a new Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer trailer just hours after a THE SITE THAT CANNOT BE MENTIONED FOR LEGAL REASONS version of the game began appearing on internet BAN-ME-PLEASE sites.

    Unofficial gameplay footage from the leaked version has already been spotted online.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MPEgMimKko


    ORIGINAL STORY: Microsoft has vowed "vigorous action" against those who illegally download Gears of War: Judgement, after a leaked version appeared online over a month before the game's 22nd March release date.

    An apparently-complete copy of Gears of War: Judgment appeared on internet BAN-ME-PLEASE sites overnight.

    "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," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer this morning.

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

    A similar situation occurred when Halo 4 leaked online before its release last year - although not as long before release as Gears of War: Judgment. Microsoft was left battling spoiler videos after the game appeared on a number of download sites.

    Users with a THE SITE THAT CANNOT BE MENTIONED FOR LEGAL REASONS copy of Halo 4 who played online also faced the wrath of Microsoft's banhammer. Anyone found playing a leaked copy before release risked a lifetime console ban from Xbox Live.

    Microsoft has promised the same treatment this time around.

    "Playing THE SITE THAT CANNOT BE MENTIONED FOR LEGAL REASONS 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."

    An unfinished but playable version of Gears of War 3 was also leaked prior to release. The build appeared online more than two months before its September 2011 launch date and spoiled a number of campaign plot points.

    Judgment is the first Gears game to be developed at Bulletstorm developer and Epic Games subsidiary People Can Fly. The original Gears team at Epic is now working on projects unknown.


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    yeah someone did a thread this morning addz about a statement Microsoft released because of the full game pirate leak basically saying if you play it we will ban you simple as that.

    I think and so do some others that's what todays dashboard update was really about, if you look todays update wasn't planned and hasn't changed anything, and if you remember the next day after Halo 4 got leaked there was a update and T&C update also. We think that today's update is secretly software to detect and ban you even if you play GoWJ offline lol
     
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    It takes time to build and test an update like this Del, ToC is an easy update so unless M$ leaked this to catch people out then they couldn't have got an update ready this fast!
     
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    we've warned all of our members about this BAN-ME-PLEASE most of them are smart but some will still risk the ban either way rep+ for news
     
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    Same as HALO 4 it's a MS Game and they will slam it down on you like a sausage in a fryer :p
     
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    won't touch this game till atleast a week till release date. Thanks for the heads up on the article
     
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