Many of Microsoft’s high profile AAA titles find their way onto torrenting websites way before the game is due to release. This happened most recently to Halo 4, and it resulted in a plethora of spoiler videos hitting the interwebs weeks before the game was due to hit shelves. In 2011, a partially completed but playable build of Gears of War 3 was also leaked online. Both of these situations resulted in Microsoft issuing permanent bans to anyone caught playing the games online prior to street date.

Last night, an “apparently complete version” of Gears of War: Judgment was uploaded to the Internet; a whole month before the game’s 22 March release date. Naturally, Microsoft has unleashed the legal hounds and forensic investigators.

A Microsoft representative has made it clear that this latest leak will be treated like any other: if you’re caught playing the game online, your XBL account and Xbox 360 will be banned from Xbox LIVE forever. “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.”

Source: Eurogamer

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