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Gears of War ‘remake’ gets leaked game footage and the leakers have their Xbox One consoles locked

This is why you don’t break the rules, kids.

So, Microsoft and VMC Games (a company which outsource games and technology for a heap of testing before release) have disciplined multiple testers of the rumoured to be remastered Gears of War for leaking content online, thus breaking their non-disclosure agreement.

Tsk tsk.

Over the last day or so, leaked screenshots and footage from the rumoured game have, of course, found their way online after a tester sent a screenshot through Snapchat (and we all know why that’s a bad idea), according to an email obtained by Kotaku.

And so, because of that,

“…as per that agreement with the testers in fault, Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offence, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.”

This includes anyone who leaked or shared the footage/screenshots around.

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However, even though the email mentions that their ‘Xbox Ones (being) entirely unusable”, a Microsoft representative has claimed that,

“To be clear, if a console is suspended from Xbox Live for a violation of the Terms of Use, it can still be used offline. Microsoft enforcement action does not result in a console becoming unusable. Suspensions for both consoles and accounts are determined by looking at a number of factors.  To avoid enforcement action including suspension from the service, users should follow the Xbox Live Terms of Use and Code of Conduct.”

This is why NDAs are in place, people. Abide and you won’t be punished.


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