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Xbox 360 Ban: The Story

Posted by tylerh1701, in Xbox 360 02 October 2013 · 2033 views

So as some of you may know, I recently had both my Xbox 360 console and my Xbox Live account permanently banned by Mircosoft during their recent wave of bans. Obviously it sucks, and I thought I'd share my story about the ban and how I feel about it.

The reason for my ban is basically a version of "Marketplace Theft", though I think that's kind of a funny term since it's impossible to steal from Xbox Live since you can only purchase things at the price set by Microsoft. But what I specifically did was take advantage of free games in other regions. It was actually rather simple to get through a loophole in Microsoft's infrastructure. I simply had to create a Hotmail account and say I was in a certain region (for example, Oman or Bosnia). Once the account was created, I could download that account onto my Xbox 360. Once the account was on my 360, I simply had to search for games on the Xbox Live Marketplace and download them for free. Once they are downloaded, they can be played by any account on that console.

So that's what I did. I think I ended up with about 8 or 9 games. I definitely wasn't the only one doing this, and I definitely wasn't the only one who caught a ban for doing this. The one unusual thing that happened to me was that both my account and my console were banned. Most people only got their console banned. My guess as to why I also got my account banned (which is far worse than a console ban) is because I had played one of the games on my account and they could see it in my play history. That's really the only reason I can think of.

I'm not trying to plead innocence here. I knew what I was doing was probably wrong and against the rules. As fellow CAG gunnm so poetically put it, "We stuck our dick in a gloryhole and MS bit its our fault we got banned." I do feel like a permanent account ban is a little bit harsh for my actions, especially since I don't feel like I "stole" anything. I was also a pretty damn good Xbox Live customer as well. I may have "unethically" acquired 8 or 9 games, but I also bought over 250 Xbox Live games legitimately. But Microsoft's system is pretty much 100% closed and I don't really even get a chance to appeal and question their decision. They're so unreasonably firm in their actions that I don't feel like it's worth my time to even try.

So I've just decided to move on. I've gone over what I still own for the Xbox 360 and am working on making decisions on what to do with it. I've got a couple more blog posts coming up about this situation; one detailing the damage that this account ban did to me and another with the aftermath of this ban.




Were you planning to get a Xbone? 

 

If so, are you now? And if you are not, are you going to get a ps4?

 

Sucks. You did do something wrong, but the punishment is really harsh for what you did. If you really lived in Oman or Bosnia, would you have been banned?

No, for several reasons; one being they don't give away enough free games in the US to make it worth making a fake account. :|

Were you planning to get a Xbone?    If so, are you now? And if you are not, are you going to get a ps4?   Sucks. You did do something wrong, but the punishment is really harsh for what you did. If you really lived in Oman or Bosnia, would you have been banned?

Were you planning to get a Xbone? 

 

If so, are you now? And if you are not, are you going to get a ps4?

 

Sucks. You did do something wrong, but the punishment is really harsh for what you did. If you really lived in Oman or Bosnia, would you have been banned?

 

I'll be going into this more in the 3rd part of this series of blogs, the Aftermath section.

 

To answer your questions, after the 180s that MS has done with the Xbone policies, it was on my radar for the distant future.  But now that I've lost my account, no, I definitely will not be getting one.

 

I was always going to get a PS4 before I got an Xbone, so that hasn't changed.  But I am not getting a PS4 at launch either due to my current backlogs.

I think this whole thing is so irritating. Their console ban system is awful since it basically nukes the console for good and inevitably screws someone else (because most folks are going to pawn it off at gamestop in that situation). The account bans are ridiculous because I'm certain people like you have spent hundreds of dollars on legit purchases which from a PR and monetary perspective must logically make it worth overlooking.

They should've sunk some development dollars in to figuring out how to disable games attached to an account a la the expiration system on ps3 (which to my knowledge hasn't been defeated in any meaningful way). Sony really has been downright enlightened compared to microsoft on this front.

Regardless of the right or wrong of it, the handling of it is absurd and I feel like everyone got fucked. With aaallll the negative press about xbox one and whatnot you'd think they chill out for a bit instead of tightening down on some of their oldest fans.

Holy shit.  You have my sympathy; that's a really fucked up thing for Microsoft to do.

When reading through the ban thread, seeing yours hurt the most.

I truly feel you got fucked with an account ban and a console ban. Even a console ban is a little extreme but nothing we can do about it now.

 

I'm a little fearful on using my hungarian account now

tylerh1701, I see your hurt.

 

I have a little curiosity. You have another nick ( on another forum ) that it is " xTyler " ?

I have a little curiosity. You have another nick ( on another forum ) that it is " xTyler " ?

 

Nope, not me.

I have seen the threads on this site on how to get free games from other regions.  I'd always passed them by as it seemed like more effort to me than it was worth, but not by a whole lot.

 

I think it should be M$ responsibility to make it obvious & known that this is against their terms of service, as we all know how thoroughly we read those contracts before hitting accept.

 

Sorry for how hard the hammer came down, seems like big time over kill to me.

man, that's shitty...and concerning.

 

sorry to hear about this man

 

just curious did you play all the games listed or just some?

Sucks man.  Seems like the "ban wave" has turned out to actually be only a small fraction of people that did it.  Really sucks that they got you.

man, that's shitty...and concerning.

 

sorry to hear about this man

 

just curious did you play all the games listed or just some?

 

The only game I played was Injustice, and that was only for about 5 minutes.

Overall it really sucks what happened. I wouldn't be thrilled about losing games that way. I guess it could be against their policy or whatever but it seems more logical that they would just restrict or delete the games you didn't buy outright rather than a ban.

 

Honestly though Microsoft hasn't really been proving itself late in this gen or even into the next one. I don't doubt some good stuff will come but I've been much more on board with Sony lately. They just seem to be a lot more gamer centric and although they have apps for TV and what not they aren't cramming it down our throats. I also like that good games like The Last Of Us and Puppeteer are still being made late in the gen. I can't remember the last 360 exclusive I was truly excited about.

 

I'm going PS4 only next gen, mainly because of PLUS and I have a Vita as well. I'm also tired of multiple ecosystems. I say move forward and don't look back.

The only game I played was Injustice, and that was only for about 5 minutes.

 

Fuck in woooooooooowwwwwww......

 

that's insane. fucking insane. did you license transfer the games to your US account or just leave them as DL from the other accounts? You just blew my mind 3 time in 4 days.

Fuck in woooooooooowwwwwww......

 

that's insane. fucking insane. did you license transfer the games to your US account or just leave them as DL from the other accounts? You just blew my mind 3 time in 4 days.

 

I didn't transfer any licenses as far as I know.  I downloaded the game using Costa Rican account and then booted up the game using my main profile.  All those other accounts were still based in their respective countries.  I never logged back into them after finishing the downloads.

You'll be missed on my stalking, I mean, friends list.

Sorry you got banned. But why is anyone shocked at this point? MS made it known they would ban people who did this. They did ban people who did this. But people kept doing it. Even in the threads I remember people talking about the risk. But people still did it. And they got banned. I chose not to take part in those "deals" because when people were caught they got banned. 

 

Anyways, thanks for all the work you put in here. Your MS deals thread was my go-to thread here. Much appreciated man.

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