Microsoft Explains Recent Xbox Live Issues, Will Offer Free XBLA Game in Compensation

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Having taken a break from posting over the holidays, I’m only just now hearing about the service issues that have apparently been going on with Xbox Live over the past couple of weeks (I thought something wasn’t quite right with Live, now I know why…). Well, a note just popped into my inbox from Microsoft containing a letter from Xbox LIVE General Manager, Marc Whitten explaining the cause of the problem, at the same time sorta spinning the issue with celebration of Live’s membership records. According to the note (which you can read in full below), the instability was caused by a “massive increase in usage,” and that all Live members will get a free Xbox Live Arcade game to make up for the trouble. Details on the free game are still to come. Here’s the full letter:

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!

Sincerely,

Marc Whitten

General Manager, Xbox LIVE

Gamertag: Notwen

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