Microsoft issues bans for Xbox Live Marketplace Theft

Microsoft has begun to crack the whip on those who "steal from the marketplace." The company has begun to ban Xbox Live accounts for illegitimately accessing Xbox Live Marketplace downloadable content.

"During the course of a recent investigation, we have discovered users who illegitimately accessed Xbox LIVE Marketplace downloadable content. Our investigation reveals that this access was intentional and not accidental, constituting a blatant violation of the Terms of Use for the service. We will not divulge additional information regarding individual suspensions for these offenses. Please know that we are being very careful regarding these suspensions, and have clear evidence regarding each account issued a permanent suspension from the service. We apologize for any frustration or confusion resulting from our inability to share individual details, and thank you all for your cooperation in this matter," Microsoft stated.

It appears that this ban is put in place for those who have managed to download games, add-ons, etc, from the marketplace for free. Microsoft will be banning these accounts until 12/31/9999. Ouch! Many of the Xbox 360 owners who were banned, pleaded innocent, but were banned anyway.

Not that long ago, we learned that there was a special team in place that filters out offensive content on the company's Xbox Live service. One of the team members, referred to as the Xbox LIVE Enforcement Unicorn Ninja, is there to continually ensure the service is "safe, non-offensive, and fun" for all subscribers.