Remember the banning and resets of cheaters on games such as Starcraft 2 and Halo: Reach? Well, in both those cases, the developers of their respective games were very serious about the offenses made by the cheaters and chose to deal with them accordingly.
However, as we’ve seen today, it may be a whole different ball game when it comes to Activision and their upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops. Pirates have apparently been obtaining leaks of the game and selling them. While Activision is obviously concerned, their enforcement was somewhat strange.
To stop the leaks, Activision hired IP Cybercrime. While the investigators do look to report the pirates to the FBI, they first ask the pirates politely to stop and divulge where they got their leaked copy.
While piracy is a legal defense, some pirates should consider themselves lucky that they have been given a chance to avoid serious punishment if they choose to comply with the polite requests.
One of the pirates has even been confirmed to have made a youtube video confirming the information written above, including the politeness of the investigators. The leaks aren’t widespread, however, due to the constant watch of IP Cybercrime and companies like Microsoft if a leaked copy should be played over Xbox Live.
If you want to play the game legally, you’ll just need to wait until November 9th to do so.