Software giant Microsoft has warned that people playing legitimately bought Modern Warfare 3 games might suffer an Xbox Live ban if they play the game before its official release.
Activision's Modern Warfare 3 has caused much excitement and controversy even before it launches on November 8.
However, thanks to a goof-up, some of the retail stores, including K-Mart, started selling the game before its official release date.
Now, Microsoft and Activision have claimed that people, even though they have bought the game legally, should wait till the official launch before hooking up the game to Xbox Live. They have warned that playing the game before time could lead to a lifetime ban on their accounts.
Microsoft's director of policy, Stephen Tolouse first tweeted that "For those asking about MW3 pre-release play: If your copy is legit and obtained legitly [sic], have fun. It's a great game".
However, he later tweeted that "clarification: dblchk'd with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorised. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!"
"Even if you have a legit copy of #MW3 early for whatever reason, you're advised not to play it," an Xbox social manager later tweeted, reinforcing the fact that play MW3 before time could prove to be troublesome for users.