Microsoft bans consoles running leaked 'Grand Theft Auto V'

"Grand Theft Auto V" has made its way to the internet before its official release, and Microsoft has begun banning users who have posted in-game images and footage using the leaked copies.

The Rockstar-developed game is one of the most anticipated of the year and is just a few days away from going on sale. Despite Rockstar's precautions to prevent the game from shipping early to customers or retailers, a few people have gained access to the leaked copy of the game and have posted various images and videos of the game to Instagram and Vine.

Rockstar has requested takedowns of content related to the game posted by users of the illegitimate version.

"No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained," a Rockstar policy on media posted to its website states. "This includes 'early unboxing' videos."

Microsoft has obtained the gamertag of at least one user from his screenshots and has banned the console from Xbox Live permanently, as it did previously with "Halo 4" pirates. The pirate would now need to purchase a new console in order to access Xbox Live.

"Grand Theft Auto V" officially launches for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Sept. 17.

Source: TSA & Gizmodo UK | Image via Rockstar Games

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I still can't believe people are still dumb enough to crack their console and then pay pirated games online. Boo hoo if you get banned.

Meh, youtube is plenty of gta 5 related video . Even me, that don't care that much of that game, have heard of it because of stumble upon. What they are doing is bad publicity imho.

GOOD, they should ban people leaking content and information before games release.

It's only the people who are leaking videos and screenshots getting into trouble, the people downloading and playing offline are fine.

Chances are if someone hacked the console to play copied games they have no intention to pay for it when it is released anyway. Or they intend to use hacks to cheat within the game maybe even when online effecting others gameplay.

Download a game before release is fine, but download a game before release then going against what the company has said and releasing infomation with your own infomaton provided is dumb.

What kind of moron takes a pirated game onto official networks? What did they expect, Microsoft to reward their actions with a free Xbox One?

Aergan said,
What kind of moron takes a pirated game onto official networks? What did they expect, Microsoft to reward their actions with a free Xbox One?

lol exactly. He was a) stupid enough to download it form a torrent, b) stupid enough to post videos on Youtube showing his "theft" then promptly forgot to hide his Gamertag from said video...sorry but stupid is what stupid does

The reason they can tell its using the torrented leak is,not only does it show up as a custom bootloader, it also is a pre-release dev number.

Maybe next time Xbox gamer Forrest Gump buys a new console, he will actually think about wtf hes doing next time.

Right OK what's everyone up in arms about?
The story quite clearly states

"Grand Theft Auto V" has made its way to the internet before its official release, and Microsoft has begun banning users who have posted in-game images and footage using the leaked copies."

What's wrong with this? I think this is quite right.

Microsoft bans consoles running leaked 'Grand Theft Auto V' yet youtube hits a high % of searches for leaked gameplay.... either this was a M$ ploy to say HOLY CRAP BUY THIS GAME (lol which i did pre order) or this was R* saying HOLY CRAP BUY OUR GAME!!!

tuesday cant come soon enough... and yes i did search for a few vids... nothing major... i didnt know sharks would be in and eat you cause i always said to friends... first thing i wanna do.. go in water.. let a shark kill me if there is one... hahaha

MikeChipshop said,

Right there... that's where i realised you must be a child.


You didn't get the memo? Writing like things like $ony, $amesong, Appl€ is cool.
/s

It doesn't even matter if you've got the game early legal or illegal, it's in the TOS stated that you are not allowed to share anything, in-game or unboxing video's, until its official release date. The people that had this game, have agreed with the TOS. So they have to follow those rules. Don't blame Microsoft or RS for dumb thing you do by yourself.

Umm, why are people getting angry with MS for banning people that are using a leaked copy of GTA V?

This is the first line from the story:

"Grand Theft Auto V" has made its way to the internet before its official release, and Microsoft has begun banning users who have posted in-game images and footage using the leaked copies."

So right there it says that people posting in game images and footage from a leaked copy are going to be banned. Now where does it say they will be banning people that receive the pre-order early? I kind of doubt MS would just blanket ban thousands of consoles without some method of finding out which are the ones modding in order to use the game.

I see people going nuts claiming that legit users are being banned. Where is this coming from?

You know I get that some of you hate MS and just love to stick the screws to them, but get a grip. I see a lot of flipping out for no reason.

Shadowzz said,
Says leaked, does not mean illegal copied/pirated disc.
If you order a game and receive it a couple of days early, you'd wait with playing right

Nope and I'd have no reservation about posting in game imagery. The devs should really put a date lock or a server lock on these games... XD

At from what I understand they can tell if the system was hacked if it is in the US. They look for that in the console and ban it there.

good. if you're stupid enough to show off a stolen game along with gamertag visible, you deserve to be thrown off the service

MS should reset leakers gamerscores too

theyarecomingforyou said,
This applies to people who acquired the game legally, which is the thing that people are taking issue with.

Where's a verified case of a person with a legal copy of the game getting banned?

Enron said,

Where's a verified case of a person with a legal copy of the game getting banned?

Is there any evidence of this fantasy scenario ever actually happening?

theyarecomingforyou said,
This applies to people who acquired the game legally, which is the thing that people are taking issue with.

No it doesn't... not until you can point to a case of somebody getting banned just for receiving a copy a few days early. Typical anti-MS hysteria.

theyarecomingforyou said,
This applies to people who acquired the game legally, which is the thing that people are taking issue with.

How are you getting it legally when it is not released?

Crimson Rain said,
How are you getting it legally when it is not released?

A lot of people receive it early via pre-orders, especially if they are on good terms with their local store.

theyarecomingforyou said,

A lot of people receive it early via pre-orders, especially if they are on good terms with their local store.

Then those stores are selling unlicensed copies, until such time as the publisher decides to sell the game (release date). Pre-orders via mail are different, those are posted early to arrived on release day, and sometimes the postal system works better than expected so you get it early. Those are not the people being banned though, so it's a moot point you are making.

theyarecomingforyou said,

A lot of people receive it early via pre-orders, especially if they are on good terms with their local store.


That means you are getting it illegally.

Crimson Rain said,
That means you are getting it illegally.

There is nothing illegal about a store selling you a game early - that is simply a contract dispute and is a civil matter.

Microsoft is full of idiots. Thanks God I don't own an Xbox. And I will never own one. Look, idiots! You're feeding them! Buying a new Xbox will mean "spank me more".

I know right, so I really think you should stop using MS as your OS since it's made by idiots from Microsoft. /s

I really don't want you to catch the same stuff. not /s

EvilAstroboy said,
How was that a Fail, if you don't me asking ?

Because you're allowed to have mixed feelings towards a company. I mean, despite how pleased I am with the PS4 offerings, I still think Sony's laptops are complete (overpriced) garbage.

Konstantine said,
Microsoft is full of idiots. Thanks God I don't own an Xbox. And I will never own one. Look, idiots! You're feeding them! Buying a new Xbox will mean "spank me more".

Yeah... OK mate...

Konstantine said,
Microsoft is full of idiots. Thanks God I don't own an Xbox. And I will never own one. Look, idiots! You're feeding them! Buying a new Xbox will mean "spank me more".

Wow, troll much?

I've been "evaluating" it all day on PS3...but I did pay for it also and will likely buy the PC version as well. I can see killing the content being posted, but forcing a customer to buy a new console over one game might not be the smartest move in the end.

Do you have any evidence that MS are banning consoles of those that just received a paid copy early? So far all I've read about is the banning of somebody who was running a leaked copy on a modded console.

Nothing outside this article, if that's the case I can understand it, they're lucky it doesn't require daily connection or it WOULD be a paperweight given MS and Sony's attitude towards things like this. I get it, but still seems a little harsh, they're just kids.

TCLN Ryster said,
Do you have any evidence that MS are banning consoles of those that just received a paid copy early? So far all I've read about is the banning of somebody who was running a leaked copy on a modded console.

One of the common factors that Microsoft does use is achievements being earned for unreleased games. Typically its a modded console but occasionally you have a legit early play.

I think people who got there game early should take it with who gave them the game early in the first place. MS & RS had specifically said that do not sell the game before the release date to the retailers and they are the ones breaking an agreement. And I think that by doing this people will complain mainly to those to sold them in the first place.

Indeed. Mail order companies are slightly different. They mail the games early so they arrive on release day, and sometimes the postal system surprises us with flashes of efficiency meaning it arrives early. There's not much you can do about that. They should tackle retailers selling it early though. Until its authorised to be sold by the publisher, the retailer is selling unlicensed copies.

i saw many with the physical game already, its more like store its selling early... but typical microsoft that like to do a banwave so people need to buy a new console again to boost its console sale number

eilegz said,
i saw many with the physical game already, its more like store its selling early... but typical microsoft that like to do a banwave so people need to buy a new console again to boost its console sale number

Lol,so they should just let the people used the modded Xboxes to play burned games?

jerzdawg said,

Lol,so they should just let the people used the modded Xboxes to play burned games?

They are banning legitimate users who happened to get the game early.

DPyro said,
They are banning legitimate users who happened to get the game early.

How do you know that ALL of those users are legitimate users?

DPyro said,

They are banning legitimate users who happened to get the game early.

Do you have an actual verified example?

DPyro said,

They are banning legitimate users who happened to get the game early.

Oh rly? Got any proof of that? Or are you just baselessly bashing Microsoft?

DPyro said,

They are banning legitimate users who happened to get the game early.

Sounds like you're making stuff up to please your own agenda. Please don't.

MikeChipshop said,

Sounds like you're making stuff up to please your own agenda. Please don't.

They have errornously banned people who got the name early via legitimate channels (eg Amazon ships early to meet the "get the game on release date" promise) however all one has to do is call Microsoft and prove to them that you got it legitimately and all would be forgiven.

Stupid, because I sometime get some games earlier from a store where a friend of mine works.

Of course when I do, I don't brag about it, to not get the guy in trouble, but it's not pirated or anything.

I would understand blocking xbox live access for the game until it is officially release, but console perma-ban? WTF?

FrancoisC said,
Stupid, because I sometime get some games earlier from a store where a friend of mine works.?

Heyyy, why are you arresting me for? I was supposed to get my new car in 3 damn months. I can't wait that long!!!
My friend works there so, you know, I simply asked him to put me on the top of the list. There's nothing wrong with that. Come on!! /S

He's not the game developer. He is just a worker in some game store for which he is paid and he can't sell anything before the official release date as specified by the game dev's.

eddman said,

Heyyy, why are you arresting me for? I was supposed to get my new car in 3 damn months. I can't wait that long!!!
My friend works there so, you know, I simply asked him to put me on the top of the list. There's nothing wrong with that. Come on!! /S

You can't be arrested if a dealer sells you a car before the release date, the dealer is at fault not you therefore your analogy doesn't work.

Mafia_14 said,
He's not the game developer. He is just a worker in some game store for which he is paid and he can't sell anything before the official release date as specified by the game dev's.

You mean shouldn't. There is no physical limitation that disallows you from selling it, unless there's some sort of check at the POS that keeps the sale from continuing. Otherwise, an oblivious retail worker can easily make a mistake.

Maybe you are unfamiliar with all the threads and postings on the web with people who got The Last of Us early.

FrancoisC said,
I pay for my game, he just sell it early to me.

And some people pay to "receive stolen goods". Just because they paid for those items, doesn't make them legit. Fact is that a game sold by a retailer before its publisher allows it to be sold is unlicensed, whether you paid for it or not.

What about the people who genuinely got their preorders through early? People have reported they've received their preorders already. Why should they be punished?

ccoltmanm said,
How did they not? You can't go into a movie theater, video tap a part of a movie, and then share it legally.

Well its not illegal to live stream or record videogame footage so your comparison isn't valid, nor is an unboxing video comparable to illegally taping a movie.

conditions are in the TOS: "No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained," a Rockstar policy on media posted to its website states. "This includes 'early unboxing' videos."

McKay said,
What about the people who genuinely got their preorders through early? People have reported they've received their preorders already. Why should they be punished?

greenwizard88 said,

This is why Microsoft upsets me.

Yeah, MS puts a nail into coffin of their web services. First SkyDrive, now Xbox.

Since when is a companies TOS, the law? Those things aren't worth the paper they're not written on over here and if MS tried banning anyone here over some suppliers screw up, they'd be screwed themselves.

Seems that people in the US just let corporations walk all over them...

A misleading title would be misleading. Why would you word it like that? Isn't that just redundant?

Either way, there is nothing misleading about the title.

AsherGZ said,
Description on main event page is misleading. It says game leaked on torrent sites.

Given that both the Xbox and PS3 versions are floating on torrent sites, how exactly is that misleading?!

Raa said,
How is it? The user in question ran GTA5, got his console banned.

Did literally no one replying to this read the article or something? He got banned for posting screenshots, not for playing the game. That is why it's misleading.

ccoltmanm said,
A misleading title would be misleading. Why would you word it like that? Isn't that just redundant?

Either way, there is nothing misleading about the title.

It's just a funny way of wording it that has become popular on the internet. I'm not sure where it started but I have seen hundreds of examples. Spend a bit of time on reddit and you'll find a few examples.

M4x1mus said,

Did literally no one replying to this read the article or something? He got banned for posting screenshots, not for playing the game. That is why it's misleading.

His Console got banned because he was playing the leaked game and posting screenshots. Nothing misleading about the article title unless you're being a pedantic fool.

MikeChipshop said,

His Console got banned because he was playing the leaked game and posting screenshots. Nothing misleading about the article title unless you're being a pedantic fool.

OK, lets say I had been playing GTA 5 on my 360. If I saw that title, I would think that I was going to be banned when really, I would have to have uploaded photos of me playing it which included my gamertag.

Can you seriously not see that there is a big difference between playing the game and uploading screenshots of you playing the game that have your gamertag in them? It's the difference between tens of thousands of 360 owners having their accounts banned and just a handful.

M4x1mus said,

OK, lets say I had been playing GTA 5 on my 360. If I saw that title, I would think that I was going to be banned when really, I would have to have uploaded photos of me playing it which included my gamertag.

Can you seriously not see that there is a big difference between playing the game and uploading screenshots of you playing the game that have your gamertag in them? It's the difference between tens of thousands of 360 owners having their accounts banned and just a handful.

And do you seriously think any one gives a flying ef?
MS banned some consoles that were playing the leaked version of GTAV, so the title remains accurate. Or just for you, shall we retitle it...

"Microsoft got some reports of people playing the leaked version of GTAV and uploading stuffs to the interwebz, so they went and banned there arses"

M4x1mus said,

Did literally no one replying to this read the article or something? He got banned for posting screenshots, not for playing the game. That is why it's misleading.

This.

The title is misleading because it implies Microsoft is banning people for merely playing a leaked game when in actuality, according to the articles they are only banning people who are uploading screenshots.

dvb2000 said,
good work Rockstar!, take down all those free advertisements for your upcoming product!
Rockstar don't need these "free advertisements" to sell their games. And what they don't want is story elements being leaked out by assh**es before the games release.

virtorio said,
Rockstar don't need these "free advertisements" to sell their games. And what they don't want is story elements being leaked out by assh**es before the games release.

You know you could just exercise your freedom to not go looking for spoilers, rather than call some random dude an "assh**e".

Athernar said,

You know you could just exercise your freedom to not go looking for spoilers, rather than call some random dude an "assh**e".

I happened upon a thread title that gave away the ending of Bioshock before that game came out (it didn't mean much at the time, but ruined it 5 minutes after the game started). There are plenty of instances of people doing that (and similar things) with other games (and movies and TV shows). Those people are assh**es.

virtorio said,
I happened upon a thread title that gave away the ending of Bioshock before that game came out (it didn't mean much at the time, but ruined it 5 minutes after the game started). There are plenty of instances of people doing that (and similar things) with other games (and movies and TV shows). Those people are assh**es.

You only have yourself to blame. If you are that concerned about spoilers you should not be trawling related discussion forums.

If you're on sites like Reddit, there is no avoiding them. Hell, the actress from Game of Thrones was actually the one who spoiled the Red Wedding for me.

Athernar said,

You only have yourself to blame. If you are that concerned about spoilers you should not be trawling related discussion forums.

Oh I get it. So if someone breaks into my house and steals my property it's my fault for owning stuff, not the fault of the burglar.

virtorio said,
Oh I get it. So if someone breaks into my house and steals my property it's my fault for owning stuff, not the fault of the burglar.

Clearly video game spoilers are on par with rape and murder, the perpetrators should be executed!

dvb2000 said,
good work Rockstar!, take down all those free advertisements for your upcoming product!

Im all for freedom to pirate thing..but if youre mad at companys for banning pirates off their service then you need help.

virtorio said,
Rockstar don't need these "free advertisements" to sell their games. And what they don't want is story elements being leaked out by assh**es before the games release.

Lol, "story elements". As if the GTA series has ever had a story worth half a crap.

Beyond Godlike said,

Im all for freedom to pirate thing..but if youre mad at companys for banning pirates off their service then you need help.


Pirates? How about those that got official CD's with GTA5? Just cause their preorder is delivered to soon. They will face this bullsh*t bans too.

virtorio said,
Oh I get it. So if someone breaks into my house and steals my property it's my fault for owning stuff, not the fault of the burglar.

What? How did that analogy ever make sense in your head? One that would make a bit more sense in this context is:

So if I don't want to be mugged but go hanging out in bad neighborhoods wearing designer gear and showing off my phone and tablet and get mugged...

Well its still the fault of the mugger but you have to be pretty damn stupid to put yourself in that situation.

virtorio said,
Oh I get it. So if someone breaks into my house and steals my property it's my fault for owning stuff, not the fault of the burglar.

Internet is not your house.