Twenty-one raids on premises across the United Arab Emirates have resulted in almost 30,000 pirated Xbox 360 games being confiscated by Microsoft Gulf.
Microsoft is seriously trying to crack down on piracy, particularly of Xbox 360 games, and particularly in the Middle East and Asia where the practice is rife.
The latest crackdown has seen stores in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in UAE raided. In all, almost 30,000 games were seized, 25,000 of which came from one supplier, which kept the titles stored on hidden shelves. Three people were arrested and are currently facing criminal charges.
Jawad Al Redha, anti-piracy manager for Microsoft Gulf, said:
Not only do pirated games seriously affect our customers, they also threaten our partners and resellers that do business legitimately. Most pirated games donâ€™t deliver a high quality experience. They also require the console to be modified or â€˜chippedâ€™, which voids the warranty.
I must admit I’m not a fan of pirated games. They devalue the titles and seriously harm the industry. Still, I can understand why people buy pirated copies of games, as the asking price is way too high at the moment.