Just these past few hours, I've seen a lot of posts in regards to Microsoft/Rockstar banning that one guy for playing GTA V early. You see, there's a little thing called a publisher. Yes, Rockstar North is basically Rockstar Games. But Take-Two is the one that ships out all of those games to the public for me, you, and the loudmouthed COD kid who's blowing everyone up in Free Roam to play. But since everything in this world has something to do with regards to laws, well, that's a major factor in this. You can't just one day finish GTA V and the next day tell everyone it's available to buy. It doesn't work that way. The game was delayed from Spring 2013 to September 17th, 2013. That date was set in stone, unlike 'Spring 2013', which is not an official release date.
Now as you may of heard (hermits need not apply), GTA V was leaked. "IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!" the entire GTA Forums cried. Leaked gameplay was posted somewhere in the dirty undergarments of the internet. The person responsible for this was banned from Xbox Live for violating the terms of service. "HOW DARE MICROSOFT BAN SOMEONE FOR PLAYING THE GAME EARLY THAT IS SO WRONG" the forums cried loudly. Ears were pierced and temperaments were tested. Of course, in a situation such as this, it is perfectly legal and absolutely acceptable for Microsoft to do so. They are not out of bounds or wrong for taking action.
Why? The game is not officially released yet. It is not considered to be legally available. Wouldn't you be ticked off if you specifically requested that your product be specifically released on a date that was written in stone? Of course! You paid a lot of money to do so. You wanted everyone to get the product at the same time, so that no criticism is biased and based on reviews that were filmed with a potato and posted to YouTube. You have money put into that product, and you'll be damned if anyone gives you that money early.
So what do you do? Well, in Rockstar's case, anyone caught playing the game before it is released is going to get banned. Especially if you feel inclined enough to post footage of gameplay (that, remember, nobody is supposed to be seeing), slip your gamertag in there, and unleash it onto the internet. What do you think is going to happen? Rockstar will send a care package full of cookies? No. They are mad. There's so much fury at the Rockstar headquarters right now, that there's possible lawsuits within the building involving possible copyright infringement upon the use of the word Steam™. Yes. It is that bad.
Alright, back to work. You don't get paid enough to read GTAF.