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Microsoft Set to Ban Those Who Pirate Gears of War: Judgment

Marcus Estrada

In this day and age, it's almost impossible to keep content from being proliferated freely online. Even games with the fanciest copy protection still tend to get broken and pirated quickly enough. However, it's most depressing when a high profile game sees release for pirates a month before launch. This is what has now happened to Gears of War: Judgment.


In a response to Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson said the following:


"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.


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


In the case of their property leaking so early it makes sense that they are getting into gear to ban users. Thankfully, these actions will only harm those who have pirated content and should not affect any innocent users by accident. How does a game get out a month early? If a developer didn't sneakily take the game home, it's entirely possible that some journalist out there with a preview copy did something tremendously naughty.

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