Microsoft files complaint over Halo 4 beta site

Company's legal squad taking action against Halo4beta.net with National Arbitration Forum.

Two weeks ago, a Microsoft employee warned gamers to steer clear of any websites offering Halo 4 beta codes. That site was Halo4beta.net, and now Microsoft has unleashed its legal hounds, seeking to claim the website.

If there is ever to be a Halo 4 beta site, Microsoft will own it.

As spotted by domain and trademark sleuthing site Fusible, Microsoft filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on January 27 over Halo4beta.net, which is no longer operational. The specifics of the complaint are not available, but the grievance was filed under the forum's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

The outline of this policy states Microsoft must show how the domain name (Halo4beta.net) is either identical or "confusingly similar" to a trademark or service that Microsoft has rights to, why the domain holder has "no rights or legitimate interests" in the name, and why the domain name is to be considered as "having been registered and used in bad faith."

An arbitration panel consisting of either one person or three will deliberate and reach a decision, which will be posted at a later date.

Halo 4 is due for release during holiday 2012. It is a direct sequel to 2007's well-received Halo 3 and will star series champion Master Chief. It is also the first title in a new series dubbed the Reclaimer Trilogy, effectively Halo 4, 5, and 6.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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TxtBin
TxtBin

@grey_fox1984 Either way, I really don't think a Halo 4 is neccessary. It's just my opinion. A trilogy is more apt than having a whole series. Once again - it's my feelings... if you feel different about it, it's cool.

THExPH03NIX
THExPH03NIX

I appreciate there making halo 4 but I agree with 'COLDFIRE25' 'cause it just wont be the same but if bunjie made it they would understand what to do seen as they started thenew generation of gaming

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@jdog8888888 If they launch Halo4 with the new system, the game wont sell. Plus, Microsoft already said they are not coming out with a new system this year, so.....

kex72
kex72

Yeah I just really hope that 343 can make the story a bit more understandable, 'cause after halo 2 it just all got way to confusing.

TTDog
TTDog

@jdog8888888: You do know that Halo 3 was released 18 months after the 360 was launched? Guess not!

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Nevertheless I'd like to see a beta. I know they are usually marketing ploys but it's nice when developers use them to fix bugs, networking issues and balancing. It sucks that we probably won't see one for Halo 4 just because of the amount of secrecy surrounding the project.

spike6958
spike6958

@dragonhuman40 Nope there called 343 after 343 Guilty Spark, the robotic eye thing found throughout the series.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

The way I see Halo went downhill after the 2nd installment. I honestly believe 343 will have a good crack at it, especially since it's Microsoft's flagship game for the Xbox. If it sucked however that would be hilarious :P

dragonhuman40
dragonhuman40

It's funny- "343". Like the has a lot of people that helped make Halo 3, and some new people to help make 4. I don't think that's why they're 343 Industries. But an interesting observation nonetheless, I think.

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

Since when are registration rights worth a pile of crap?

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

To bad i won't be playing Halo 4 this year becuse my 360 compleatly frozze up.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@spudster007 "Whoa, whoa, whoa... I thought they were done with Halo?..." your kidding right. is this the first time you have looked at the internet in the last 6 months. Halo 4 is by many publications accounts the single most anticipated game of next year. I have my scetpisisms, but will pre-order it anyway. It cant be worse than Duke Forever!!!!

IAMTHEVIPQUEEN
IAMTHEVIPQUEEN

I would hate getting scammed....thankfully I don't stray much into the weird and strange places of the internet o_O

Spacemancer
Spacemancer

4, 5, and 6? Hopefully they can keep the story interesting and the gameplay fun through 5 and 6 and aren't in it for the money, 4 should be good, but I'm skeptical with 5 and 6..

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@redskinStu No they can't, they can't do ilegal stuff, the site was a scam , most likely to take away credit card numbers. Why would anybody want to create a site about the beta test? It wasn't a fansite to talk about the game, just to steal from people.

mdchapel9
mdchapel9

the master chief said he needs more sleep.

daub11
daub11

i'm hoping that this one will the better of all the halos that came before the fourth one cause i am also hoping that the fourth one will have better graphics and gameplaying at least.

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

You have to be extremely thirsty to trust those sites.

natanaj
natanaj

I prey for a successful game!!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Xeogua Well, at least the best Halo game so far is on PC (1st game, in my opinion).

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Worst case scenario for this game? We end up with with a decent shooting game that has a few shortcomings that prevent it from being great.

Flint247
Flint247

Halo 4 should be fun. :)

TheManofTin
TheManofTin

Everyone who had anything to do with the website was thrown into a pit of fire after being strangled with wires from old MS-DOS computers as Bill Gates's maniacal laugh floods the abyss of fire where behind him stands not only 343 Industries, but also Bungie executives. In the background, you can see Marty O Donnel using his whip of fire to injur some of the heretics who dared to defy them by trying to trick people into thinking their website was going to give people a beta for Halo 4.

Xeogua
Xeogua

I know it won't be, but heres to hoping it's on the PC anyway. Completely forgot about Halo when I decided to switch. :(

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Microsoft is a force no one should try to mess with or steal from.

Link3301
Link3301

@redskinStu Why? They are trying to scam people using Microsoft's IP.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Can't wait to see what these guys can do. Halo Anniversary was peeeeeerty. This better be good. As in, Bungie good. No pressure 343.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@WandrianWvlf are u kidding me there is no halo 4 beta these guys are coning people.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@TxtBin Because Halo's universe goes well beyond the war between the humans and covenant. Read some of the books and you'll see that they are gearing up for an arc that will dwarf the original three games in scope. Plus, 343 is a studio that was made SPECIFICALLY for Halo- not just some other team taking the reigns. A lot of the people who worked at Bungie on the Halo games just moved over to 343 when the rest of Bungie broke off. Besides, all you can really judge 343 on at this point is the awesome Reach maps they've made, the amazing remake of Halo 1 and some seriously solid fiction that 343 has commissioned and published with Tor over the past few years.

spudster007
spudster007

Whoa, whoa, whoa... I thought they were done with Halo?...

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Though I do have my doubts on this upcoming title, I would love to try out the beta upon release. Don't let me down 343.

Grovilis
Grovilis

From my understanding, 343 has helped bungie throughout the years. Also, they were responsible for some of the Reach map packs and they were surprisingly good.

TxtBin
TxtBin

Just why...? Why didn't they just end it with Halo 3... stop milking the franchise ffs... Halo Reach? Fair enough... but it should've ended there. Bungie started it so it's just not the same to have new developers take over. Just my opinion.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Curious as to whether or not it will even have a beta, if it were Halo 3 or Reach the beta would have been announced already

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Nice to hear that they are taking some action against this.

slikjohnson
slikjohnson

Ugh not more Halo. Am i the only person that though they should have stopped at 2? Guess that's what keeps those fan boys coming though.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Oh and if their is going to be a beta wouldn't it be incorporated with Reach or even the Halo: Combat Evolved AE in some ways or even the next Crachdown game or what ever exclusive that Microsoft might have coming out this year that isn't on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

How do people fall in these traps are they that gullible

Evenios
Evenios

This is good. Game companies should try to shut down these sites if they are offering false codes and such. Only confuses the user.

shakensparco
shakensparco

While normally I think companies try to bully the average person around to get their way, I think it is justified in this case. It's obvious that this website is trying to mislead people.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Damn corporations, why don't they just leave people alone. People have the right to do as they wish on the internet.

Link3301
Link3301

@jdog8888888 Xbox 720 is not coming out next year, that is all but guaranteed. Also, Halo 3 came out almost 2 years after the 360.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Well lets just hopes that no one falls to this stupid scam. Since Halo has a lot of fans that is under age, who knows :P

leviathan_wing
leviathan_wing

that would make it one of the best launch titles in history... of course its a second, or third, generation launch title however paradoxical that sounds.

FedCom
FedCom

@jdog8888888 Fun fact, the 360 came out in 2005 and Halo 3 came out in 2007. Best simultaneous launch in history! Though if their new system will be out in time I agree it will have a good chance of being on it.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

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