Huge Piracy Ring Smashed in Taiwan

A seven-month long investigation culminated in members of Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Rights Police Team arresting four individuals believed to be responsible for a hefty videogame piracy ring operating in Taiwan and China.

The investigation resulted in the September 27 raid of a warehouse in Sanchong City, Taiwan, where 140,000 pirated game discs for the PlayStation 2, Wii and Xbox were discovered, reports Focus Taiwan. The value of the seizure was estimated to be over $8 million U.S.

The fours suspects, named Chou, Wang, Wu and Liu had reportedly “shuttled between Taipei and China’s Guangzhou, where the factory forging the discs is located.” The suspects would take delivery of the pirated goods at an airport, or would play “the part of customers by placing orders with stores for games, which the ring itself would then supply,” all to try and generate a string of records that would appear valid.

An Intellectual Property Rights Police Team official stated that the seizure included, “Nearly all of the pirated disc inventory in Taiwan,” adding that, “There must be a shortage on the market now.”

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