Abu Dhabi authorities seize over 1000 fake games

Some 1100 Xbox 360 games recovered during three raids in emirate

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Abu Dhabi authorities seize over 1000 fake games Microsoft has recently held a number of events to highlight the challenges of software piracy. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 11, 2013

Anti-piracy law enforcement officials in Abu Dhabi have seized 1100 counterfeit Xbox 360 games in three separate raids on retailers in the emirate, it has emerged today.

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The action was part of an ongoing effort by authorities to curtail software piracy.

"At Microsoft, we fully support the actions by the law enforcement authorities to support legitimate retailers and ensure that our customers receive the rich experience provided by the Xbox 360 platform," said Aman Sangar, business lead, Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft Middle East and Africa.

Microsoft has held a number of public awareness events in recent months on the subject of software piracy, including joint sessions conducted with Dubai Police.

The raids in Abu Dhabi came as Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console the Xbox One at the E3 gaming conference in LA, California. The Xbox One is said to require the registering of games to an Xbox Live account, which is considered an attempt to circumvent piracy.

"The commercial value of pirated software in the Gulf is more than $300m, as per the recent Business Software Alliance study circa 2011," said Savas Yucedag, anti-piracy lead, Microsoft Gulf.

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"We are committed to ensuring that consumers in the UAE are not at risk, as using pirated games and software [opens] them up to viruses, spyware and malware that may be implanted in the products. We will continue to partner with the authorities in the UAE to take all the necessary steps to protect our intellectual property rights."

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