Microsoft has banned as many as 1 million users with modded Xbox 360s from Xbox Live, the online gaming service, in a bid to counter piracy. The ban from the Xbox Live service is reported to have affected anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million Xbox 360 users.
This comes on the heels of the launch of the most anticipated game of the year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which sold a reported 5 million copies in the first 12 hours, according to news reports. The BBC reported that Microsoft said that banning gamers was part of an ongoing effort to curb piracy.
The ban has triggered the listing of hundreds of modded Xbox 360s, some being offered for less then $100, on Craigslist on Long Island.