Microsoft Perma-Bans Halo 4 Pirates

Microsoft has permanently banned Xbox Live users found running pirated copies of Halo 4.

After the latest installment in the popular franchise was leaked onto torrent sites over the weekend, reports from Reddit indicated that Microsoft’s Live enforcement team has been sending emails informing pirates that they’ve been permanently banned from Xbox Live for “prerelease title play.” The email states, “Your Xbox Live privileges will not be reinstated,” so this does sound like a permanent ban.

Microsoft has issued Eurogamer the following statement:

“We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 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 Halo 4, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans.”

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2 Comments on Microsoft Perma-Bans Halo 4 Pirates


On October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

You shouldn’t pirate games, at the same time if you DO Pirate them don’t be stupid; disconnect your Internet Connection from the Xbox


On October 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I hope they bricked those consoles too. Not that it would do much good against a hacker anyway, but screw these pirates.