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Mixed Messages From Microsoft Regarding Banned Xbox Live Accounts

by Ron Duwell | June 17, 2013June 17, 2013 10:00 am PDT

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Is is possible to lose your Xbox One games if you are banned or suspended from Xbox Live? More confusion arose from conflicting statements made by two official Xbox sources regarding this question.

According to The Xbox Support Twitter page, If you have any intention on playing on Xbox Live with the new Xbox One, then take care to do so on your best behavior. Otherwise, getting banned from the service will cut access to your games and your entire library will go up in smoke.

Makes sense, seeing as how the Xbox Live account and Xbox One must be connected to the internet once every 24 hours. Banned or suspended account means no access means no games. Just remember, you don’t own your video games anymore, just the licenses, and that is much easier to take away.

Granted, getting banned from Xbox Live is a hard thing to do, reserved mostly for pirates or serious offenders. However, it is not hard to believe that minor infractions and even mistakes made on the moderators parts could potentially destroy a fabulous weekend of gaming by cutting access to your account for a short period.

Several days after the announcement, Xbox Live’s Harry “Major Nelson” Hryb stated in an interview with /r/Games that this was “Absolutely not” the case

“You will always have access to the games you purchased.”

The confusion seems to arise from the Xbox Support page confusing the ToS policies, but does the Xbox 360 really ban people from playing games? I didn’t think that was the case. How can someone lose a license to an offline video game?

Any thoughts? Should this prove to be true, it could help to cut down on annoying, racist Xbox Live players, but this also seems to be a little heavy handed. Microsoft would not just be banning people from playing online, but they are banning people from gaming altogether.

It’s time to hire some seriously professional moderators, Microsoft, or this is something that could get ugly. Not that it isn’t already.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...