Microsoft get tough

Microsoft has stomped its huge corporate foot down on any idea that those naughty Xbox-ers who play on chipped consoles could have about taking legal action against them for banning them from Xbox Live. Unlucky kids, looks like you’re going to have to get a new machine and account if you want to play online.

Law firm Abingdon PI had said that it was planning a class-action lawsuit (that’s an American legal term) over Microsoft’s crackdown, which cost somewhere in between 600,000 and one million people their Xbox Live experience, with no refund. The say that Microsoft deliberately waited until after the release of Modern Warfare 2 and Halo: ODST before issuing the bans, meaning that they timed the bannings so that they wouldn’t hamper the sales of all of the consoles and games (Modern Warfare2 grossed $550million over the first five days of release). Surely not?

‘Although modification of Xbox consoles is 'arguably' against the terms of use for Xbox/Xbox Live,’ said the law firm, ‘Microsoft conveniently timed the Xbox console ban to coincide with the release of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and less than two months after the release of the very popular Halo: ODST game’

However a spokesman for the company told the Financial Post that ‘Piracy is illegal and modifying an Xbox 360 is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use. Microsoft is well within its legal rights to ban these users from Xbox Live.’ Booooooo.

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