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Getting arrested for the illegal downloading of copyrighted material hasn’t done wonders for Kim Dotcom, also known as MEGARACER, who is now the former No. 1 player in the world for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. In the past day, MEGARACER slipped from No. 1 to No. 2 when he was overtaken by a player named Arazos. Mr. Dotcom undoubtedly has more pressing things on his mind.

As we noted in a popular story that Dotcom, at the same time he was on the top of the FBI’s list of alleged digital pirates, he was also extremely competitive in Modern Warfare 3, the most popular video game of all time with around 15 million users.

Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is the founder of recently indicted file-sharing company Megaupload, and was the top player in a game for which he was also possibly the top pirate. Dotcom reportedly has assets worth $175 million, thanks to his Megaupload business, which feds say made most of its money from illegally distributing copyrighted video and audio. He was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand, last week as part of a major sting against Megaupload. His assets included a Rolls Royce, numerous Mercedes-Benz cars, cash, and many guns. And he had plenty of free time to become a master of Modern Warfare 3.

Dotcom has been dueling on and off for weeks to be the No. 1 player. And in this video posted on YouTube on New Year’s Eve, he took the No. 1 spot. But Arazos now has 9.09 million points on the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 leaderboard, compared to 9.05 million for MEGARACER. Arazos has 181,800 kills and 63,418 deaths, with a kill/death ratio of 2.87. MEGARACER has 180,980 kills and 86,241 deaths for a kill/death ratio of 2.10.

Of course, these are extremely good stats. By comparison, I have played the game for 28 hours and am ranked at level 60, or Colonel. I have 1,458 kills and 3,435 deaths, for a kill/death ratio of 0.42. My accuracy rate is 9 percent, while MEGARACER has a 17.45 percent accuracy rate. He has 4,481 wins. The new maps for Modern Warfare 3 come out tomorrow. If MEGARACER’s legal troubles subside, maybe he’ll have a chance to play and win back his No. 1 status. I for one would like to see a match between MEGARACER and Arazos. And if I worked for Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Modern Warfare 3, I would put up his bail money.

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