Posts Tagged ‘bans’

Game Sales Down in November

December 11, 2009

Figures for the video-game industry are showing that sales are down for the month of November, despite the record shattering release of the latest instalment in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 2.

According to a Cnet report, sales for the month of November were seen to fall by 7.6%, with games bringing in fully $2.7 bilion dollars, a fairly significant drop from the $2.9 billion made last November. Still, analysts have been quick to point out that last November was itself a record breaker, and that last month was the second best November on record, so clearly things aren’t looking too grim for the games industry.

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Microsoft Responds to Xbox Suit

November 24, 2009

Microsoft has responded to the just-launched class action suit against it for its decision to ban somewhere between 600,000 and a million Xbox Live users for having modified their Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated games, essentially pooh-poohing the whole business.

For those who missed our piece on it yesterday, the class action suit doesn’t necessarily disagree with the banning of users from Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, but takes issue with the manner and timing with which Microsoft executed the bans. The suit, being taken against Microsoft by Abington IP, points out the fact that the ban falls immediately after the launch of Halo: ODST and just before the launch of the now record-breaking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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Class Action Suit Over Xbox Live Bans

November 23, 2009

Microsoft’s recent wave of bans, hitting somewhere between 600,000 and one million Xbox 360 owners depending on whose figures you listen to, there aren’t official numbers yet, has seen the company come under investigation for a class action suit from a firm by the name of Abington IP.

While it seems that Microsoft is well within its rights to ban users from Xbox Live for violations of its terms of service, it’s being argued by those handling the investigation that Microsoft’s timing with the latest wave of bans is more than a little questionable. From Abington IP’s own page on the class action investigation,

“Although modification of Xbox consoles is arguably against the terms of use for Xbox/Xbox Live, 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 3: ODST game.”

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Microsoft to Take Legal Action on Piracy?

November 5, 2009

Rumours are circulating that Microsoft could be considering legal action against videogame pirates responsible for leaking Xbox 360 games before release.

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Microsoft has recently imposed another of what have come to be recognised as waves of bannings from its Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. Since Xbox Live is often touted as being the biggest advantage the console has over Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii, getting banned from the service is a big deal. In this case though, most of the Xbox Live bans seem to stem from illegal modification of the console to play pirated games.

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