Stepto on Xbox LIVE at PAX

September 7, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  


Stephen Toulouse is the Director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox LIVE. Better known as Stepto (his Gamertag), he manages the team that wields the banhammer on Microsoft’s online service. His recent talk at PAX, the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington, USA, combines his usual cutting wit with nuggets of information about how Xbox LIVE is policed.

So what are some of the things that get you permanently banned? Repeat egregious behavior. Things like fraud, piracy. Let’s see I’m missing something. There’s something else…oh yeah. Naked Uno. Actually, naked anything. But come on, naked Xbox LIVE Uno was not meant to be. Naked chutes and ladders, maybe. Naked Risk…I can see it. But no naked Uno. So to be clear, and I know no one here is one of these people, but being naked on the camera on Xbox LIVE is a Permaban offense no matter what the activity.

A transcript of Stepto’s talk is available on his blog site, while the talk itself is available on Youtube.


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