Microsoft wields the hammer, smashes pirates

Those who have modded their Xbox 360s have just received a rude awakening, courtesy of Microsoft. The company has once again taken action on users playing pirated games, suspending their accounts from Xbox Live.

“We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs. In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE,” a Microsoft rep told IGN, adding that everyone should know piracy is illegal and that modifying one’s console goes against Xbox Live’s terms of use.

“The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them.”