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3 arrested in Sharjah for selling pirated games

Microsoft finds over 29,000 pirated Xbox 360 games at stores in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

3 arrested in Sharjah for selling pirated games
The raids in Sharjah has lead to three people currently facing criminal charges.

A series of raids at reseller stores in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah have seen three people arrested and more than 29,000 Xbox 360 games confiscated.

"The ramifications of piracy and the distribution of pirated goods will always negatively impact any economy and hinder growth. It does no justice to the businesses that are operating legitimately and complying with all regulatory and UAE laws," said Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz, managing director at the UAE Ministry of Economy. 

Twenty one coordinated store raids in the three cities were made possible with the help of the UAE authorities. In Abu Dhabi, the Ministry of Economy had to liaise with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development to get additional officers for assistance, enabling them to target a number of stores and conduct the raids simultaneously.

About 25,000 of the confiscated games were found from a single store in Sharjah, known in the market for being a major supplier of pirated games, neatly stacked in hidden shelves to avoid detection. The three arrested and facing criminal charges were all implicated in the Sharjah raids.

"Not only do pirated games seriously affect our consumers, but they also threaten our partners and resellers that do business legitimately. Microsoft will continue to make every effort to reduce piracy in the UAE," said Jawad Al Redha, Anti-Piracy manager, Microsoft Gulf. "We will continue working closely with all the relevant local Ministries and Authorities to pursue all offenders taking an unfair advantage of our legitimate partners and consumers."

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