Report: Up to 1 million XBL users have been banned

Wednesday, 11th November 2009 21:18 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


While the gaming world’s aware that Microsoft has put the hammer down and started banning folks with modded Xbox 360′s, a new report states that the number of players tossed could be higher than originally thought.

When the news first broke this week, it was estimated that around 600,000 were toast, but now it seems that up to 1 million could have been affected.

“All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live,” Microsoft said in a statement.

With over XBL 20 million users worldwide, expect that number to get even higher.

Via Guardian UK.



  1. Psychotext

    That’s gotta sting.

    I know three people who have “gone straight” because of it, so it’s at least having some sort of effect. I’m sure a lot of people will just roll the dice again though… and time will tell how long it takes to get banned a second time.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. blackdreamhunk


    So you know of console pirates yet you trsh talk pc gaming about pircay

    by the way good luck to mircosoft and trying to beat hackers

    the ccost of consoles are going to go up.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Ashelia Bnargin Dalmasca

    Heh. They get what they deserve.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. MushroomStamp

    Whatever… I have 2 boxes.. one got hit.. one didn’t.. do you know what it it cost me to replace? $99 … I know personally 12 friends that have been banned. All of them just went and got a new box and modded. It’s still cost effective to replace the box than “give up”. My personal reasons aren’t trying “steal” so much as I got so fed up with spending money on games that either sucked or had no replay value. I still purchase games that are great.. just so happens only about 3 of those a year.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Out of interest… will you buy another one when this one gets detected, or are you sticking to only playing offline?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    Need a modded xbox that won’t connect to live? Craigslist is your friend.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Quiiick

    “… I got so fed up with spending money on games that either sucked or had no replay value.”

    What a lame excuse to pirate.
    Don’t like the games? Fine, don’t PLAY them!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. MushroomStamp

    To be honest.. I have replaced them in the past to get back online.. however this time I could care less. I have been playing on the PC more lately and will use my current banbox just for single player games. Then occasionally pop the HD onto my non-ban system to update my GamerPoints :) Currently at 45k.. .but i’m caring less about that even. Since I do the Mod’s myself it’s not a big deal to mod them nor do I have to pay someone else.

    ** Quiick.. You don’t know you don’t like them till after you play them. Like I said, i still pay money to make sure the developers that deserve it are paid.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    You mean a box that’s already been banned, or a modified box? I was under the impression that the way the new banning system works is that when you try to take the profile / hdd etc off a banned machine it becomes corrupted and you’re forced to re-download it on the non banned machine (hence losing all your achievements since the last sync).

    #9 5 years ago
  10. MushroomStamp

    I’ve always just put my HD on another Box and away I went. My XBL account isn’t banned. The data has never “corrupted”. My understanding is that it would be illegal (sorry, had to chuckle) for MS to do anything to the physical data on my system because I own it. Hence the reason they only ban from Live, which they can control.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    This is a recent change Mushroom, as of this latest banwave. They also remove the ability to install games to the HDD.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. NoxNoctisUmbra

    I bet those hackers have more then just 1 account for GOLD..

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    What would be the point of having multiple gold accounts? It’s the console that gets banned, not the account.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Ahh I see thats good then!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. MushroomStamp

    I’ll try it out tonight when I get home and see what’s up. I know I wasn’t able to install to my HD with a rip game, but I can still install with a real game. Unless I installed that game yesterday before the ban actually locked it out.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    I’d be quite interested in seeing if you can still install legit games. There’s quite a lot of arguing about that particular change at the mo.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    …yes but how many have been spanked…?

    #17 5 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    Thank you for proving my point to the stubborn poster know as Psychotext, Mushroom.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. MushroomStamp

    I just had my son try FN3. Nope. No installs to HD… I’ll bet a paycheck this won’t last long… I say a fix for that will be out before I want to install another game.

    @ theevilaires: what point?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    You can read his rants over in the Another Ban Wave topic in the forums. I’m not entirely sure what point he’s talking about though.

    On topic, I doubt there will be a fix for that as it would involve modification of the system software… which the hackers still can’t do. Unless you mean a fix from Microsoft, which also seems unlikely.

    Thanks for checking btw.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Jadeskye

    nah the problem is when the systems go online, syncronisation takes place and when microsoft realised the console isn’t legit, down comes the kill code.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. DarkElfa

    “With over XBL 19 million users worldwide…”

    There, fixed. ;)

    #22 5 years ago
  23. JonFE

    Seriously, what’s the problem in banning/punishing the account as well? I don’t get it…

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Galactic_Barret

    Ban your account? What, and not get anymore money outta you? Nonsense! MS would sooner send a rep to your house and smash your the than remove your ability to pay them.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Gratz to MS for using the ban hammer.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. DarkElfa

    Wow, imagine your surprise if you bought a second hand console previously modded by its first owner and didn’t know.

    #26 5 years ago

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