The new Xbox game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 went on sale this week. In classic software launch fashion, thousands of gamers lined up hours in advance to secure the first copies of the new game as it was released at the stroke of midnight.
But up to a million other gamers chose the pirated route, modifying their Xboxes to circumvent the digital rights management features so they could download illegal copies of the game. Now they’re paying for it. InformationWeek reports that Microsoft has banned as many as a million players from Xbox Live for playing pirated versions of games.
Hats off to Microsoft for teaching consumers that theft has consequences, and for their commitment to stopping piracy.
It’s particularly refreshing to see MSFT’s integrity in light of the recent news about the scandalous behavior of some social gaming companies.