Xbox Live Downtime Compensation – Free XBLA Game

January 4, 2008

The persistent issues that seem to have plagued the Xbox Live service for several weeks now might be improving, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t lost precious gaming time over the holiday break. Microsoft’s General Manager of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, agrees and Microsoft is making plans to offer a full version download of an Xbox Live Arcade title for the problems.

The program appears to be extended to all Xbox Live users worldwide. The full details on the program have yet to be released, but we’ll let you know when they are. Read on for the full statement.

Dear Xbox LIVE Members:

During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service.

As a result of this massive increase in usage we know that some of you experienced intermittent Xbox LIVE issues over the holiday break. While the service was not completely offline at any given time, we are disappointed in our performance. I would like to take this moment to thank you each and every one of you for your patience and understanding as our team has worked around the clock to return the service to a stable state.

At the same time we would like to offer a token of our appreciation to all of you in celebration of record success for the service. And as a thank you for your loyalty during this holiday period, we will be offering all of our Xbox LIVE members around the world access to a full Xbox LIVE Arcade game that will be available to download free of charge. In the coming weeks we will be sharing the specific details of this offer with you.

Thank you again for helping make Xbox LIVE everything that it is today!


Marc Whitten
General Manager, Xbox LIVE
Gamertag: Notwen