Feeds

Lawyers pursue banned Xbox Live gamers

Anti-Microsoft class action in the offing?

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Are you an Xbox 360 owner recently banned from Xbox Live? Has the ban left you feeling short changed? Perhaps you’ve experienced other console problems as a result of the ban? If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then US law firm Abington IP wants to hear from you.

The “intellectual property law and consumer class actions” specialist has taken an interest in Microsoft’s well-publicised ban of at least 600,000 gamers from Xbox Live for alleged console modification, with a view to launching a class action lawsuit against the software giant.

To get the ball rolling, Abington has posted a page on its website calling for anyone remotely connected to the Xbox Live ban to come forward.

“Modification of Xbox consoles is arguably against the terms of use for Xbox/Xbox Live”, Abington states (our emphasis). The firm describes it as “convenient” that Microsoft timed the ban to coincide with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 “less than two months” after the Halo 3: ODST launch.

The implication seems to be that Microsoft wouldn’t have dreamed of cutting Xbox Live gamers off prior to the launch of such high-profile titles.

To be fair, Microsoft has never said over what period the circa 600,000 Xbox Live gamers were disconnected. Xbox Live has been available since 2002, let’s not forget.

Abington also wants to hear from gamers who have, for example, experienced problems with their Xbox 360 that are unrelated to Xbox Live or piracy. “Obtaining information from Xbox consoles with permission of the owner,” also features on Abington’s list of things to do.

Further information about the potential lawsuit is available online now. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.