It’s no shock that if you modify your Xbox 360 console for any purpose, Microsoft reserves the right to ban you from Xbox Live, but one report suggests that Microsoft has kicked 600,000 people so far, mostly for playing pirated games. Now, the source of this number is sketchy at best. Some reports on this story are sourcing the BBC, which attributes the 600,000 figure to “online reports.” The original story actually comes from a cosplay blog, Pinoy Cosplay, whose information comes from “a friend who works for a call center that handles an Xbox 360 account.” The source’s figures are for the U.S. and Canada alone, and the source says Microsoft is pushing to ban 1 million consoles from Xbox Live by year-end (why a customer service call center would have this information is beyond me).
So, can you take this information at face value? Of course not, but Microsoft has confirmed that it’s targeting modders and pirates, even though no figures were provided. Says the company to GamesIndustry.biz: “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.” Funny bonus story: The anguished cries of a confessed video game pirate.