A UK factory suspected of producing counterfeit video games, DVDs and CDs with an estimated street value of £1 million, has been stopped following a police raid.
Around 30,000 illegally copied discs were seized in the raid of a commercial premises in the West Midlands, 9000 of which are thought to be video game titles.
The majority of copied discs were housed in CD cases and it is believed that people behind the "business" were supplying discs for sale around the region.
As well as huge numbers of discs, a substantial amount of equipment for copying them was also found. In total, seven computers attached to 35 DVD re-writers, three printers, 19 hard drives, 15 Xbox 360 consoles, two Wii consoles and a number of circumvention devices for 'chipping' games consoles were recovered and are being forensically examined.
A number of other raids were also carried out in the area at the same time, which resulted in the seizure of between 4000 and 5000 games, as well as other digital media.
John Hillier, head of ELSPA's crime unit said: "Piracy, like that of any other entertainment industry, costs us dear. Making good and inventive games is an expensive and creative process, with some titles today costing £20m or more to develop".
"When a pirate sells illegally copied games they undermine the viability, value and creativity of our industry. The worst-case scenario is that pirate activity could cost the jobs of some of the UK's outstanding creative talent and that would be a catastrophe".
He added: "The public should be aware of many other pitfalls of counterfeit games - some will even damage hardware such as consoles including PlayStation, Xbox and Wii. Other fakes will not play correctly at all".
"Most importantly, of course, pirated software comes with no quality assurance whatsoever - so if a game turns out to be faulty then retailers and publishers just will not replace them".
A number of suspects have been arrested and released on police bail pending further investigations.