Microsoft is banning Halo 4 pirates from Xbox Live

Microsoft has started banning users from Xbox Live who have pirated the leaked Halo 4. This doesn't come as a surprise considering it's obviously illegal and Microsoft did the same when Halo 3 leaked online.

Users on Reddit first reported that Microsoft's Live Enforcement team is sending out emails to pirates stating that they have been permanently banned from Xbox Live due to "illegitimate prerelease title play".

In a statement to EuroGamer, Microsoft said,

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.

No matter how eager you're to play Halo 4, it really isn't worth the risk of a console ban as Microsoft is known for its strict rulings and it's highly unlikely that you'll be unbanned. Halo 4 will be officially released on November 6th.

Source: EuroGamer, Reddit Images: Halo Waypoint, Reddit

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