November 25, 2004

Architectures of Control [1:04 pm]

Ban hits Half-Life 2 pirates hard

About 20,000 people have been banned from playing the Half-Life 2 game.

Game maker Valve shut down the online accounts of the players because it had evidence that their copy of the game had been obtained illegally.

[...] Rob Fahey, editor of online news site gamesindustry.biz, said the mass banning showed off the power of the Steam system.

Before now, he said, it has been hard for game makers to do anything about piracy once the game was being played.

“But with this, Valve is taking really effective steps against people using illegitimate copies of Half-Life 2,” he said.

If Steam proves effective at cutting the piracy of games to a minimum, said Mr Fahey, other game makers may be tempted to set up copycat systems.

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