How to Get Yourself Banned from Gears of War 3

If you share pirated, spoiler-heavy videos online, you may be banned from the game for life.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Epic Games is taking stern action against those who have made it their life goal to spoil and ruin the campaign of Gears of War 3. It’s sad to acknowledge that these types of people even exist (don’t they have better things to do with their time), but the truth is they’re out there. Now Epic Games is firing back, warning players of serious “repercussions” if they share videos online that spoil the plot of Gears of War 3. One such repercussion would mean permanent banning from Gears of War 3 when the game ships in mid September.

“We’re extremely diligent about getting that stuff taken down and issued a call to fans to not perpetuate it… and just keeping track of those who do,”  said Gears 3 executive producer Rod Fergusson to Edge. “I don’t think everybody’s aware of the potential repercussions of those types of actions.”

Then, while speaking with Eurogamer, Fergusson elaborated on the repercussions he had in mind by dropping the banning bombshell.

“We have a banning system built into our stuff so we can go in and identify certain people,” he said. “Some people aren’t smart about what they do. They’ll be disappointed on the 20th of September when they can’t get in and can’t play. They may be banned.”

Burned. But rightfully so.

It’s just insane to think people dislike something so much that they’ll go out of their way to ruin it for everyone else. Some people just need to find something better to do with their time. My recommendation: knitting.

Finally, in the same interview with Eurogamer, Fergusson put his final stance on the situation by using a recent example of someone trying to spoil Gears 3 for the dedicated fanbase community. In short, the bad apples will be discarded.  

“We had one of my video chats and somebody went into the chat room and tried to yell all caps spoilers throughout the chat room to try to ruin the experience for the thousand people who were watching me. It’s that kind of stuff that just drives me crazy,” expressed Fergusson.

“If you don’t value this community, you don’t value this experience, then we don’t value you. I’d rather pick that one bad apple out of the pool so everybody else can have a better time.”

So if you want to enjoy Gears of War 3 when it launches on September 20th, don’t share pirated videos of the game’s campaign. End of story.