Located in a South China shopping mall, this shop doesn't merely "fix" consoles. It fixes them so they can run pirated games.

Common throughout the country, the "Chinese pirates hacking den", as website China Underground called it, specializes in flashing (modding) Xbox 360 and hacking consoles like the PlayStation 3 and the Wii.


Video game consoles are banned in China. However, modded machines and illegally pirated games are widely available on the country's gray market.

Matteo Damiani took these photos for Italian site CinaOggi. More can be viewed in the link below.


Dentro il covo dei pirati cinesi delle XBOX360 e Playstation 3 [CinaOggi via China Underground]

(Top photo: Matteo Damiani | CinaOggi)