At this point it's no secret that Halo 4 has leaked onto the internet, it should also be no surprise that Microsoft isn't super pleased with the whole scenario and are banning Xbox LIVE accounts caught playing it pre-release.
Seemingly first reported at MCV Microsoft has taken to banning any Xbox LIVE account that isn't owned by a press member who logically should be playing Halo 4. The whole concept is fairly sound here, as the people playing the game at this point would be people who had pirated the game and who had modded their consoles to run pirated software, both of which are pretty expressly against the terms of both the Xbox LIVE Terms of Service and U.S. law. This doesn't exactly represent a shocking new frontier in terms of how this type of situation is handled, it just marks a situation where those who were foolhardy enough to go onto Xbox LIVE to play Halo 4 on their modded consoles are essentially getting exactly what such a critical lack of forethought deserves.
The industry isn't exactly a stranger to early leaks to pirates, Resident Evil 6 having suffered a similar high-profile leak (though the circumstances of that leak were a bit more well documented) just last month. On the other hand, legitimate copies obtained early via retailers breaking street dates have traditionally been treated with much more sympathy from Microsoft. The moral of the whole affair would seem to be that piracy won't take you anywhere good, alternatively if you're going to steal don't flaunt it to the people you stole from.
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