Microsoft boots modders off Xbox Live
One year after it warned that Xbox 360 owners who've modified their consoles would be kicked off Xbox Live, Microsoft today confirmed that a percentage of subscribers have indeed been given the boot.
And it seems Microsoft wasn’t peddling empty threats, because the software giant today told Register Hardware that “a small percentage” of Xbox Live’s “more than 20m members” have been kicked off the service.
The company refused to tell us exactly how many Live users have had their access blocked, but figures circulating online suggest that roughly 600,000 members have been affected - a reasonable figure given Microsoft’s “small percent” of circa 20m subscribers figure. The 600,000 figure is equivalent to three per cent of the Live subscriber base.
It’s unclear if the confirmed cut-offs were made en masse during the last few days or spread across the seven years that Xbox Live has been in existence.
Register Hardware isn’t aware of Sony ever kicking PS3 modders off of the PlayStation Network – the firm’s version of Xbox Live.
However, a legal case was last month brought against Sony by a PSN gamer kicked off the service after it was alleged that they persistently using racist and homophobic language. ®
Why is it called an xbox 360?
Because when you see one you'll turn 360 degrees and walk away.
"This smacks like net neutrality. No tribunal, no judge, no jury, no appeals.. Just blatant enforcement, yay."
Only one person mentionned that .. funny really
fanboys to blinded to argue about their toys
Society is falling asleep here :)
as for the 360 joke, it highlights the point, consoles really don't help your brain.With a bit of hope the 360 banned gamer will start visiting libraries ? :D
regardless of the tit for tat fanboi arguments that will ensue from this i find it utterly funny and if any of these people buy another 360 then its even more funnier. its hard to see if this will force the l33t haxxors onto other consoles its certainly possible.
"the meme has gone out of style"
and anyway, it's called a 360 because that's how many days it takes to get a RROD*
i.e. you get it for Christmas, and just before Xmas next year it will fry :) Well, mine did.
Surely you could just create a new Gamertag and Live ID and start again?
I would think the most dissapointing thing for a lot of those banned is effectively losing their Gamerscore!