Wallshadows wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 15:04: My friend used a VPN to get early access through Steam but he got caught and his account is now banned.
He seems to think it's temporary and everything will go back to normal.
stories like this pop up every once an awhile. I bought a cheap russian cd-key for Modern Warfare 3, registered it using a VPN. No restrictions, english language and never had my account banned or the game removed from my library.
I've read they've closed this loop hole with Black Ops II, out of region games can only be played from that region or you would need to use a VPN to start it every time. Russians are upset about this as they are forced to play the localized version which I understand has bad voice over and are slow to get updates on most games.