UK Trading Standards officials announced that they have seized 250 Xbox 360s and hard drives and 450 copied Xbox games from an apartment in the city of Birmingham. The haul, which was taken in a raid last week, has an estimated street value of £500,000, according to officials.
Law enforcement had been monitoring a website related to the raid that offered chipped consoles. A tip from the public started the investigation, although the details surrounding that part of the story were not disclosed further. West Midlands Police and the Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), which represents the video game industry in the UK, took part in the operation.
"Birmingham Trading Standards has unveiled what industry experts have called one of the largest-ever seizures of illegally 'chipped' or 'flashed' games consoles ever discovered in the UK, with an estimated street value of more than £500,000," said a Council representative.
"While some may think 'chipping' or 'flashing' is a victimless crime, the truth is that such activity directly supports the black market in counterfeit games, which in turn endangers legitimate jobs and businesses in Birmingham," added Councilor Neil Eustace.