Microsoft will “absolutely not” block Xbox One games if your Live account is banned, says Nelson

Monday, 17th June 2013 10:04 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s community figure Major Nelson has stated that the company will not block your library of Xbox One games should your Xbox Live account become banned. The statement was given at E3 last week and comes as confusion clouds the matter.

Nelson’s statement comes after this tweet sparked outrage among gamers, as it seemed to suggest that Microsoft would block a user’s Xbox One games if they suffered an Xbox Live ban:

The tweet has since been confirmed as an error, and in reference to Xbox 360 only via this tweet:

Now, Major Nelson has appeared in a Reddit video interview conducted by the site, in which he answers questions about the console from the community.

You can hit this link to skip to the question regarding Microsoft’s rumoured block on Xbox One games following an Xbox Live ban.

In response to the question, Nelson said, “Absolutely not, you will always have access to the games you purchase. Absolutely not.” He then suggested that you would only be banned from multiplayer.

It’s a concrete answer, but what do you make of the above? Let us know below.



  1. manamana

    Do they even realise how much chaos swirls around their new console?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    @1 there is actually not much chaos anymore… its pretty clear they block used games, have always on and drm build into the box from ground up… what you see here is a desperate attempt on damage control and nothing more…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    Who runs the PR at Xbox now? Mr Bean?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mistermogul

    Check out more of Microsoft’s dirty tricks at the Nintendo Best Buy events last week trying to sway Wii U gamers to Xbone!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. manamana

    ^ poor dude – but everyone who deals with the devil has lost it. ;-)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Samoan Spider

    @3 No it’s Comical Ali

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Froseidon

    I think we need to take anything new that comes up about the Xbox One as rumour until either proven or dismissed by Microsoft. There will be a lot of people out there which don’t like the Xbox One and probably try and make some shit up about it.

    That and their PR is in tatters. To be honest, its hard to do PR when so many people are against, most of the PR will fall on deaf ears… or in some cases blind eyes. Its a bit hard to do damage control for people who clearly don’t want it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Uncontested

    Yeah just like EA claims getting banned from their forums doesn’t ban you from accessing online components for console games or even the games themselves in the case of Origin.

    Yep that shit is still happening.

    I was banned from the Madden Ultimate Team forums after calling out someone who tried to scam me over eBay after filing a ‘goods not delivered’ claim despite having received the card.

    And yes, calling out scammers is against their TOS, seriously. They like the business that scammers bring.

    Couldn’t play any EA games online for my PS3 and couldn’t play my EA games that are linked to Origin for a week while banned despite them claiming that I was only banned from using the forums. Magically as soon as my forum account was back I was able to play my games again.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. orakaa

    @7 : are you serious ? So now Microsoft is the poor victim?
    They can blame the sh*tstorm they get on themselves. Tons of Xbox fans were expecting this console and prepared to support it. Look at guys like Angry Joe Show who’s been an Xbox supporter for 12 years since the release of the first Xbox (the Xbox 1, the real first one).

    Microsoft turned MANY of Xbox gamers against them with the sh*ttiest PR I’ve EVER witnessed in any domain and some of the most anti-consumerist decisions ever taken in the recent history. And regarding access to the games If you’re banned, it’s still not clear and, just like region-locking (see other news), with the Xbox One, your ENTIRE access to YOUR games is dependent on Microsoft’s approval.
    If for ANY reason they don’t want you to use your products, they can shut off your access anytime, leaving you with an overpriced blu-ray player.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps3fanboy

    @8 that is why you don’t sign up to origins forums/site with your ps3 games.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    I approve of Larry’s hat.

    That is all.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Froseidon

    @9 – Completely missed the point. I’m not even gonna warrant that with an answer.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    @12 – Someone has to defend the devil, I guess.

    Actually, that’s unfair. The devil would know how to make something amazing and price it under his competition too. It’s humans that try to scam and then aren’t even smart enough to try to hide it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. zinc

    When they ban you, is it your gamertag or the console they ban?

    Either way, being banned denies you access to everything excet SP portions of games… Oh & your teevee of course… Harsh.

    Anyone been banned on psn? Anyone?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Froseidon

    @13 – I’m not defending it, I’m just saying give it a bit. By all means, I don’t like the console as much as others, but it doesn’t need all the hate its getting.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. orakaa

    On this and about loss of all games once Microsoft’s servers will be shut down (because they will, one day), Nelson said “oh it’s too early to talk about that”.

    No it’s not. Not when the “entry” price to this new system is $500 and the games you would buy would end up being taken away from you in the end. On the contrary, it’s the EXACT moment to discuss this.

    Instead of using stuff you bought and own, with the Xbox One, you need to “ask permission”, every 24 f*cking hours…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Fin


    He’s not an actual employee. The logo on his shirt is the old one.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DarkElfa

    Just playing devil’s advocate here, but people could try not being such incredible dicks that they get themselves banned from a game console’s online component thus negating this being of any real importance.

    That said, most people who’s live accounts get banned are because they couldn’t control themselves in multiplayer and unlike the current gen games, the new ones will be locked to their account which is in turn locked to live.

    So unlike today, where they can just start a new account and install all their current disk based games under it, that won’t even be possible in the next gen so its nearly a mute point.

    If you Live account is banned and all you really play are MP games, you’ll have to repurchase at least the licenses for them all over again for your new account.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Lord Gremlin

    Bear in mind, this can happen to Steam, only people don’t care much since steam games are usually bought cheap on sale and can be easily cracked to run without steam anyway.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. orakaa

    @19: Exactly.
    If Steam goes down or if you have a problem, you can always download cracked .exe (worst comes to worst), so it’s really NOT comparable to the Xbox One

    #20 2 years ago
  21. NightCrawler1970×195.jpg

    Yeah ban those loyal gamers that spends $$$$ for that company
    Those Microsoft helpdesk need propper training before they ever mentioned the word ” BANNED”, or be banned…

    #21 2 years ago
  22. NeutralBlade

    Based on the way they mangled compromised 360s in the past, and that fact that Azure gives them considerably more control over the Xbone, MS does have the capability to block gameplay, as well as brick the Xbone.

    MS isn’t going to outright tell us how much capability they have over the console, (via Azure), because such things would become another PR nightmare. We’ll just have to wait and see it all in action, because they’re not talking, only denying what they already know they are capable of doing.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. mightyhokie

    Im trying so hard not to feed the troll but does anyone actually ever listen to this PS3FanBoy twat? Seriously, you are a laughable jackass. You can play used games. You can play borrowed games. Sony is open to the developer instituting a fee as well as MS. But I guess you haven’t read that far, or it is okay because Sony is your god.

    And for further reference, if you refer to the Xbox One as xbone you pretty much have lost your argument there.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. NeutralBlade

    @23 Most people just use it as a nickname, as I’ve viewed all over the web. People prefer to type PS4 rather than Playstation 4, and how Nintendo called the Gamecube, GCN; the Wii and Wii U are just convenient to type. Maybe MS should release their own abbreviation, and then people will start using it.

    Because saying something like One, XO, XBO, etc, doesn’t sound or look better than Xbone (crossbone, aka XB One with the spacing).

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Elliander

    A few observations.

    1.) With my Xbox 360 I am required to connect to Xbox Live to continue to play my offline games I purchased online. The quote statement is probably in reference to that type of situation, but if it’s the policy of the Xbox 360 why should anyone expect that it won’t also be true of the Xbox One?

    2.) Servers do go down eventually. For a while buying moving online was a big deal, and those movies required internet access to verify ownership. When those businesses went under the American Courts forced the companies to reimburse 100% of the cost of all virtual products sold, so that would likely happen if and when Microsoft’s servers go offline. Of course, that would still mean that you will loose all your games.

    3.) To make a comparison, the Nintendo Wii has a few online features that will be discontinued this month. This was done to focus attention on the Wii U, but it came as a result of failing Wii U sales. The fact that a console in current widespread use will loose what little online functionality it has is evidence that it is perfectly reasonable to be wary about any mandatory online service.

    4.) Servers do go down as a result of error. It happens, and the Playstation Network was done for more than a month at one point. It was a huge inconvenience, but at least people could play their games offline. If Microsoft’s servers go down it would mean that everyone with an Xbox One will have bricks until Microsoft brings their servers online. Additionally, any regional internal blackout would result in entire swaths of consumers loosing access. Then there is the fact that many ISP’s institute bandwidth caps. These online checks wouldn’t really affect that limit, but it is becoming increasingly common to exceed those limits and when someone does the ISP typically cuts their internet access for a period of 3 months. (mine does that) which means that, of course, the Xbox One would be dead in that scenario too.

    5.) Nearly all the games available for the Xbox 360 is also available for the Playstation 3. As a consumer, would I buy that game for the Xbox One or for the Playstation 4? I suppose some people would buy an Xbox One to play “just one game”, but if they collectively held out and switched to the Playstation for the games they want those few exclusive titles would eventually be ported to other consoles. Why? Because of two reasons: Most exclusivity contracts expire eventually, and even titles sold by Microsoft would be ported if they would not otherwise sell. Case in point, Sega. Sega would never have let it’s games go to other consoles if they didn’t fail in hardware, though personally I would have preferred Sega to be in this 3-party system instead of Microsoft.

    Here’s my prediction: The Xbox One will be hacked to stop online checks very quickly and the only people to buy one will be the Pirates. The console will fail as a whole and Microsoft will be forced out of the console gaming market.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Cobra951

    @25 (Eliander): Your first point is false, or your own fault. You can play all your downloaded games offline on the console that has the licenses to those games. You can also play them on any 360, if you’re logged into XBL with the purchasing account. This gives you the best of both worlds–the ability to play offline (on your 360) or on any 360 (online). This is way better than the total restrictions of the XB1.

    Note that this doesn’t apply to indie games (XBLIG). Those do require you to be signed in to play. As a result, I don’t ever buy them.

    If you can’t play your games offline on your console, then you must have bought them on a different console. You need to transfer your licenses to your current console. Google is your friend.

    #26 2 years ago

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