NEWS - Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Xbox Live Account Sharers Face Strict Penalties

While some gamers are known to share Xbox Live account information in order to help one another unlock achievements or beat difficult games, the act of account sharing actually violates Xbox Live Terms of Use, and can go terribly wrong if users start taking advantage of credit cards registered on another player’s console. “Don’t share your account information,” writes Microsoft’s Larry ’Major Nelson’ Hryb over on his blog. "I urge you not to fall to temptation. While it may be appealing, in addition to violating the Xbox Live Terms of Use it can also result in you permanently losing your account. If that ’friend’ of yours decides to not return your account and buys a bunch of Arcade titles and movies on your account, there is nothing we can do except cancel the account since you willingly shared your information. “Cancelled. As in you can never get it back. In addition to losing your Gamertag, you’ll also lose your Gamerscore, saved games and any points you have on the account.” “While I am on the subject of things you should not do, I strongly urge you not to tamper with your Gamerscore and Achievements. If you decide to employ some nefarious techniques to artificially increase your Gamerscore or obtain achievements by manipulating the Xbox software without playing the game, bad things will happen. For one thing we may remove the entire Gamerscore. “Let me be more clear: If you use tampered gamesaves to boost your Achievements and Gamerscore, you may sign in to Xbox LIVE one day and discover that we have removed your Gamerscore. Once we do that, you will never be able to re-earn those achievements on that account. Even worse, you might have your account and/or console banned from Xbox Live.”


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