Up to one million users banned from Xbox Live

xbox_360Microsoft has banned between 600,000 and one million users from their XBox live service. Prior to the ban, the service had over 20 million users worldwide.

The players were cut off from the service because they were using modified game consoles or played games that were illegally downloaded from file-sharing sites, according to the company.

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

The firm also told BBC news that banned machines would be permanently banned from the Xbox Live service and there was “no recourse for terms of use violations”.

To get back on the service, users will need to purchase a new Xbox 360 console and original software.

The banning coincides with the release this week of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” a highly anticipated Xbox 360 game which sold approximately 4.7 million copies in just North America and the United Kingdom in its first day of release and was expected to be a prime target for software pirates.

“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,” the firm said in a written statement.

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One Response to “Up to one million users banned from Xbox Live”
  1. News says:

    Did you guys hear? Microsoft banned 1 million xbox live players for allegedly altering their consoles in order to play pirated games. Read it at cnet http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10395265-52.html