Microsoft have launched a revenge attack on all those who have managed to download and play the leaked version of Halo: Reach. Microsoft are clearly upset that Xbox LIVE was breached, and have started to permanently suspend accounts of those involved.
You may recall seeing Halo: Reach on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 99999 points, but this did not mean that you could actually download the game before release date.
Although Microsoft are probably partially to blame for putting it on the marketplace, hackers managed to download the game to their consoles and have since received a message from Microsoft themselves detailing the perma-bans.
The text titled “Notification of Permanent Suspension: Prerelease title play” can be viewed in full below.
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.
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.
Note: if you are not a user of Xbox LIVE, this suspension may have been enacted due to your activity in the Zune Social. You can view the Zune Social Code of Conduct by visiting http://www.zune.net/legal/codeOfConduct.htm. You can view the Zune Social Terms of Service by visiting http://www.zune.net/legal/termsofservice.htm.
LIVE Enforcement Team
So there we have it. Microsoft do not seem to be content with just blocking consoles, it’s entire accounts.
Have you had your account suspended permanently?
Source: Max Console
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