Microsoft has banned up to one million Xbox Live users from using their service. Reportedly, the ban comes as gamers with modded consoles have downloaded illegal copies of Activision’s latest Call of Duty shooter, Modern Warfare 2, which just launched on Tuesday. Caught up in the ban are users that might have modified their console for other reasons, but did not download any pirated software.
“When a Gamertag comes up as violating our policies for online behavior, the person who owns that Gamertag is punished by being banned from the service. Keep in mind, this isn’t just a ban on a particular game. This is a ban on the Xbox Live service as a whole, so you won’t be able to go online at all during your ban. Initially, you may be banned for a day, a week, or depending on severity, permanently! Kiss that $50 goodbye.” Along with dozens of hours of online playtime in Call of Duty.