Microsoft Brings Down the Banhammer On Reach Pirates

By now, it’s not really news that Halo: Reach has been leaked and is available for illegal download from more than a few sites. And while the fact that a game was leaked before its release date shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody, most gamers would agree that pirating games just isn’t right. Microsoft sure seems to believe so, and has begun striking back at gamers who have downloaded the illegal version of Halo: Reach.

Right about now you’ve probably got a sarcastic voice saying to yourself “What are they gonna do? Ban me until the Reach comes out?” Yeah, that’s probably what Microsoft would do with most other games. But Halo: Reach is the most anticipated game of the year, and every person that gets the game early puts another dent in Microsoft’s money making machine. If illegally downloading the newest Madden game early is like robbing the local community bank, pirating Halo: Reach is like ripping off the Citigroup bank New York City.

In response to pirates of Halo: Reach, Microsoft has announced that they have begun permanently banning all consoles and Gamertags associated with the game. Below is a copy of Microsoft’s permanent suspension notice, as provided by a gamer who was banned for playing the illegal version of Reach, courtesy of Maxconsole.


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.

Nice going Microsoft. It’s good to see somebody taking a stand against media pirates, even if only to further their corporate interests.

Joe Grogan

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