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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 17, 2013

Microsoft Says: If Your Account Is Banned, You Won’t Lose Access To Your Games

Ever since the Xbox One was announced, and details emerged about how it would work Microsoft hasn’t exactly had a great time in getting people excited for it. After all, when your competitor gives players more freedom to do what they want with their games, with a more powerful system and at a cheaper price, you really need to get your PR out there to tell the people why the Xbox One is a better purchasing decision than the PS4/Wii U. Microsoft, thus far, has failed to do this.

And sadly for them, it’s just getting worse. Microsoft’s XboxSupport Twitter handle was fielded this question on Thursday: “If my XBOX LIVE account was banned, would I continue to have access to my XBOX ONE games?” And Microsoft’s response? “If your account is banned, you also forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tied to it as listed in the ToU. ^AC”

Huh.

Luckily, Microsoft’s “Major Nelson”, aka Larry Hyrb, their director of programming is clearing that up. According to him, even if you’re banned “you will always have access to the games you purchased.” That’s a bit of good news, but what’s going to happen if/when the Xbox One has its authentication servers shut down? Sadly, he has no answer for that at this time, which is a bit distressing really. Here’s hoping that Microsoft has a contingency system in place like Valve does with its Steam platform, because I can see a lot of pissed off people who decide to buy an Xbox One when the next next-gen console comes out, and Microsoft decides to turn off its authentication servers. And while we appreciate Microsoft for clearing up the banned question, there remains a ton of other questions that remains to be answered.

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