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Ban Hammer Nets 1 Million Accounts

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Microsoft said it and now they have acted upon it.  Reports thus far have the number of accounts banned for “modded consoles” or playing pirated games at 1 Million.

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) this week booted as many as 1 million players from its Xbox Live gaming service due to the company’s belief that they modified their consoles to play games illegally downloaded from file sharing sites.

“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.

Not that I don’t agree that there should be a punishment for the offenses, but 1 million users, that seems like a large number and I would have never guessed that the numbers would be so high for “modded consoles” or pirated games out there.  Remember this ban is for life so not only did these people forfeit their Live Membership, but there console will never be able to connect to XBL again.  So if you are in the market for a used console, buyer beware there is going to be a lot of cheap Xbox 360’s popping up on ebay or appearing at your local GameStop.

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