You Might Get Banned from Xbox Live for Playing Modern Warfare 3 Early

UPDATE: If you have a legit MW3 copy, Robert Bowling says you won’t get banned. Stephen Toulouse tweeted this earlier, reversing his original you’ll-get-banned statement: “hey gang, as @fourzerotwo mentioned today on @gamespot, no plans to ban legit MW3 copies, but wait til Tuesday to play with everybody.”

Well, this has got to be a buzzkill for folks who managed to snag a copy of Modern Warfare 3 before the weekend at K-Mart or wherever.

At first, it seemed like all was good, because Xbox Live security chief Stephen Toulouse tweeted:

If your copy is legit and obtained legitly, have fun. It’s a great game.

But then he changed his tune:

Clarification: dblchk’d with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorised. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!

Well, OK. So that seems pretty sad, potentially banning folks for playing a legally obtained copy of a game. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this happening before. Huh.

I say, though, fight the system. Play anyway. F–k ‘em. What would crashoverride do? Or maybe you should just get a PS3 copy instead.

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3 Comments on You Might Get Banned from Xbox Live for Playing Modern Warfare 3 Early


On November 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thats going to cause alot of returns, and alot of money lost cause of that mistake..


On November 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm



On November 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

If they ban even one console that had a legit copy of MW3, regardless of
how they got that copy, MS, Activision, kmart etc and any other company involved is going to face serious consequences, and its in good that they do.
They are going too far in the fight of piracy, sonsidering only 5%
are hacked or so “MS’s words, not mine”