Xbox Live boots pirate videogame players


November 16, 2009 – Internet classified ad and auction websites were rife Thursday with Xbox 360 consoles modified to play pirated videogames in the wake of the devices being banned from Microsoft’s online game community.

Microsoft declined to specify how many “modded Xbox” consoles were booted from the US technology giant’s Xbox Live network but reports have pegged the figure at more than half a million. XBOX_443207680.jpg

“Microsoft’s commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of the Xbox Live community remains a top priority,” the company said in response to an AFP inquiry.

“All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and modifying their Xbox 360 console violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live.”

The Microsoft crackdown on modified consoles was evidently triggered in part by online play of hotly-anticipated “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” prior to its blockbuster worldwide debut on Tuesday.

“We can assure you that if an Xbox Live member follows the Xbox Live terms of use, purchased a retail copy of ‘Modern Warfare 2’ and played the game on an unmodified Xbox 360, no action will be taken,” Microsoft said.

Leading online auction house eBay and popular Internet classified ad website Craigslist abounded on Thursday with offers to sell modded Xbox 360 consoles, with some sellers mentioning the Xbox Live ban up front.

“Got banned last week,” wrote one aspiring Xbox 360 seller in a Craigslist post in the San Francisco area. “I’m ok with a trade for an unbanned modded or unmodded Xbox 360.”

Many ads tried to entice buyers by tossing console accessories or videogames into deals.



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  • Malcolm

    What ever is done, it should be about men, women and children that have never benefited from the gushing government dollars and continue agitating for transparency and accountability for every contract and agreements conducted in regards to the oil exploration, time is running out for dictators in Africa following the collapse of Col Mummar Gadafi in Libya the writings are on the wall.

  • Eremon

    such informative masterpieces are important for our legislators and community leaders to be aware of in light of the many corrupt deals that seem glaring today. if this the way to go Ikal, how best can our folks know such nitty gritties…..i wonder as yet if the immediate community even knows what there share will be, how it will be shared and when this is expected.

  • Boiyot

    Good document.
    One more thing I’d like to add is for the authorities to ensure that we’re processing the oil right here in Kenya. We shouldn’t export crude if it comes to it.
    That way we can jump-start our industries

  • badbess

    oil need to be a blessing not a curse for our country

  • badbess

    we can learn from big oil producing countries especially saudia ,abudhabi on how the country and citizens benefit from oil.

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