Report: 1 million Xbox Live members banned for piracy

Banned consoles are unable to engage in online gameplay over Xbox Live and also have their warranties revoked

Information Week released a story earlier today revealing that Microsoft has banned around 1 million Xbox Live members the company believes are playing pirated games via modified hardware. This round of reported banning comes as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the year's biggest release, torrent target, and likely Xbox Live phenomenon, has just been released.

While Microsoft has been banning users for years, and has done so en masse before as we've reported, this latest round would be, by far, the largest batch ever. Banned consoles are unable to engage in online gameplay over Xbox Live and also have their warranties revoked, but players are still able to play games offline.

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