“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.
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.)