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Sting Leads to New Jersey Game Piracy Bust

On December 8, police raided the home of Newark resident Derek Ramirez, 24, and confiscated DVD burners, computer towers, modded Xbox 360 systems and several hundred pirated games. He was arrested under New Jersey's Anti-Piracy act.

"The ESA [Entertainment Software Association] had been trying to track [Ramirez] for some time," said a rep for the Essex, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office. He added that the ESA notified the county about Ramirez' alleged activities in early November this year.

Following notification from the ESA, authorities conducted "several" undercover purchases of pirated software.

The rep didn't yet have an estimated street value of the pirated goods.

According to a statement released today by the ESA, the county prosecutor's office also found that Ramirez had been placing online ads offering to modify Xbox 360 consoles to play pirated games. In addition, he had been selling pirated games out of his home.

Ramirez' hard drive is currently being held as evidence in Essex County's computer forensics lab.

The suspect faces up to five years in jail and "substantial fines."

Entertainment Software Association boss Doug Lowenstein applauded the bust in a statement, adding that the ESA will continue to support law enforcement in game piracy matters.

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Tempo3880d ago

Maybe this will cut down on all those [email protected] ceaters in halo and Gears. I HATE CHEATERS!!!

MicroGamer3880d ago

I remember back in the old days piracy was killing software development on the Atari 800 and Commodore 64. It's a good day for gamers when guys like this get busted because it gives publishers incentive to make better games without fear that is going to end up on a file sharing service or distributed by other underground methods.

speed3880d ago (Edited 3880d ago )

What a dumbass! The guy put out online adds? Why not just walk into the police department and turn yourself in? Guys like this start getting arrogant and then they end up getting caught.

Dlacy13g3880d ago

It's crap like this that has game costs sky rocketing. It's not so much that the Piracy itself has made a big dent, but rather all the protection and security measures that companies need to make to counter Piracy that really is driving up the costs. Punks like this have made games for consoles easily $20 more than they should be.

HaKeRsCanRotINHEL3880d ago

in HELL Mr. Ramirez. It's people like you sir that make the price of games what they are today!

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