Epic Games said it will ban users from playing Gears of War 3 online if the studio discovers the player published early footage of the game.
In July, Microsoft said it was investigating leaked footage of the game's campaign mode that surfaced on YouTube, which the company claims is not from the final build.
"If Epic finds proof that someone has posted leaked Gears of War 3 gameplay footage, that person will be banned from Gears of War 3 networked play, which includes co-op and arcade campaign, Horde, Beast, and competitive multiplayer modes," a spokesperson told IGN.
Speaking to Eurogamer in a recent interview, Executive Producer Rod Fergusson said, "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 20th September when they can't get in and can't play. They may be banned."
He continued: "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.
"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."