Microsoft has decided to initiate legal action against the owners of the domain name Halo4beta.net. This decision came few weeks after David Ellis, creative director of 343 industries, through his Twitter account warned that this website, which claims to allow sign up for Halo 4 beta, is fake.
Ellis' Twitter post read "If you see a page claiming to allow you to sign up for a Halo 4 beta be advised, IT'S A FAKE."
A complaint has been filed by Microsoft with the National Arbitration Forum. However, on the other hand, to avoid legal hassles the Halo4beta.net operator shut down the website, but apparently for Microsoft, the move was simply not enough.
Most likely this will be an open and shut case and Microsoft will be successful in pursuing the National Arbitration Panel to order the transfer of the name. Earlier, in June 2011 Microsoft acquired the domain name Halo4.com paying an undisclosed amount. Thus, Microsoft did not have to enter into a domain dispute with the seller, reported Fusible (opens in new tab).
The amount of transfer or any other terms of the agreement have not been disclosed yet by any of the parties concerned. Halo 4 has been scheduled to be released for Xbox 360 by the end of 2012.