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Xbox One DRM Kills Killer Instinct Tournament

by Ron Duwell | December 19, 2013December 19, 2013 11:30 pm PST

The Xbox One DRM license check c-c-c-combo breaker’d a Killer Instinct pro tournament called Defend The North at Queens College, New York. Disgruntled players and sponsors participating were able to capture the disruption on their gaming feed.

At the close of an epic battle between Saberwulf and Chief Thunder, the long arm of Microsoft brought the scuffle to an untimely finish with a pop up asking,  ‘Do you own this game or app?’

“If you have a game disc, insert it now. If there is no disc, make sure you are signed into Xbox Live. If you don’t have rights for playing it, you’ll need to buy it at the Xbox Store.”

Microsoft forgot that Killer Instinct is free to play and doesn’t require a disc to run. The DRM perhaps kicked in because not all of the participants had purchased the license to use the characters. That would mean, from here on out, you’ll have to cough up money if you want to take your account into a tournament.

The player clearly states he “doesn’t have Xbox” and yet there he is playing as one of the DLC characters. Nothing in life is free, kids.

What do you think?


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...