Report: Microsoft bans a million Xbox LIVE users

Mouse Guard - Available Now @ DriveThruComics.com
Huge Discounts on your Favorite RPGs @ DriveThruRPG.com
Current D&D Campaign Adventures - Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Best Selling RPGs - Available Now @ DriveThruRPG.com
Springs Hosting

xbox-live-logo“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

Information Week is reporting that Microsoft has banned up to a million gamers from Xbox LIVE, claiming the booted users have modified their Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated games.

“All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox LIVE terms of use, will void their warranty, and result in a ban from Xbox LIVE,” Microsoft said in a statement to InformationWeek.

The drastic action comes after pirated copies of the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 showed up online before its release this week.

Microsoft announced in January that 17 million people subscribe to the Xbox LIVE service, which launched in 2002 on the original Xbox and relaunched with the Xbox 360 in 2005.

Affected systems will still play games offline, but for the time being gamers will be unable to access their online accounts or Gamertags, barring them from interacting with other members. It’s not yet clear whether the banning is temporary or permanent. (UPDATE: It’s permanent, Microsoft tells BBC News.)

More coverage:

See also: Microsoft store coverage: Windows into media’s Apple bias?

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Subscribe for free updates!

Newsletters

View previous campaigns.

Powered by MailChimp

Nerdvana Media will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at news@nerdvanamedia.com. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

About the author

Avatar

Scott Kirchhofer

One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.

Add Comment

Post a comment...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Samurai Comics