Gears of War: Judgment – Microsoft Threatens Leaked Copy Owners With Lifetime Xbox Live Ban

Microsoft is taking action against pirates currently playing a leaked version of Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360.

The game in its entirety has surfaced on several torrent sites over night, appearing early this Tuesday morning, a full month before Judgment’s official launch date of March 19.

“We are aware of isolated cases in which Gears of War: Judgment content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately,” a Microsoft spokesperson recently told Eurogamer.

“Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services.”

Similar actions were taken against those playing early, leaked copies of Halo 4 late last year. Additionally, a recent Xbox 360 dashboard update went live yesterday, adding “Anti-Piracy 3.0,” according to update notes. It’s quite possible this was quickly outed as a measure to deal with leaks and, perhaps, enforce these bans.

added new dashboard style, other security updates. Anti-Piracy 3.0, XGD 4.5 Challenge responses has been updated

“Playing pirated copies of games, such as Gears of War: Judgment, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans.”

Epic Games and People Can Fly recently released a brand new trailer for Gears of War: Judgment showing off some multiplayer action which you can catch right here.

  • kyuubi_clone

    they only seem to do this for AAA titles though. be fair across all games MS.

  • Sgt. Mofo

    There’s also a rumor that Redbox has put the game out early. I would recommend just waiting, as PR0TENTIAL actually got banned last year using a legit review copy of Halo 4.

  • blondbassist

    Milked franchise.

    • John Doe

      COd is better than this game.

    • Jason

      Yeah, I never really liked the Gears Games, There ok, just not great :/

    • what is not considered milked then gen? is uncharted not milked? what about battlefield? mario? 😀

  • That sawd off pro

    So is there no dbno in this game? I dont think ive seen an execution yet? Im worried.

  • their response: k we will just make a new account…

    • Hol_Up

      That doesn’t mean that they will still be able to play Gears again. If they make a new account and try to play Gears, MS will just find them again and ban them. That means the pirate will have wasted all the money to play online if they wanted to play multiplayer. If they are not online, then they would not be caught anyway.

      • so your telling me that if they make a new account with a brand new username and totally different email MS is gonna know its them and ban em? lol ok

        • Hol_Up

          If they play the game again, yeah. Because that’s how they will get banned in the first place. They have trackers built in the system to see what games people are playing. That’s how they come up with their Most Played of the Week lists.

        • HighBob

          actually, it’s not about account ban, they ban whole console, so they can’t play online AT ALL on a console and to fix that you probably have to either replace major components (if it works at all) or buy a new console, so yes…

  • LOL Threaten away Microsoft!! This wont scare all the praters out there one bit.

  • Daz

    Anti-Piracy 3.0, XGD 4.5 Challenge responses DO NOT EXIST !!

  • DAZ

    Anti-Piracy 3.0, XGD 4.5 Challenge responses has been updated, BOLLOCKS these updates do not exist !! it’s likely this update addresses a minor issue or small change as evidenced by the single digit increment in version number over the last update.

    After updating, LT+ v3.0 and LTU v1.2 continue to work fine with backups both offline and on Xbox LIVE. Xk3y also continues to function without issue on LIVE and offline.

  • bootycall

    am glad that on the internet ever nerd can speck their mind. #LMFAO