The Entertainment Software Association is praising Mexican law enforcement for its involvement in a recent Mexico City raid that netted over 60,000 pirated games, as well as equipment and packaging for selling illegal copies.
The raid took place in the Tepito area of the city, which the ESA says is not only a popular shopping district, but a "local center of black market activity." Weeks ago, local law enforcement raided 37 apartments plus warehouses and software labs in the same area and seized an additional 38,000 pirated games, 784 CD/DVD burners, and over 1 million pieces of packaging material used in the manufacturing process.
According to the ESA, these two recent raids together represent the industry's largest strike against a software piracy production syndicate in Mexico City to date.
"Piracy hurts artists and entrepreneurs, paralyzes the development of a local game industry, and stymies our industry’s contributions to economies," says ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher.
"We commend law enforcement officials for their actions in this raid and are fully committed to supporting authorities in Mexico and around the world in their efforts to combat entertainment software piracy."