Disgruntled Xbox Players Will Get Free Game

Microsoft apologizes for swamped system over holidays
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2008 3:19 PM CST
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, right, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson talk about Microsoft's Xbox, which Gates unveiled during his keynote speech, at the Consumer Electonics Show in Las Vegas, in this Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Microsoft apologized to Xbox players who weren’t able to access its online gaming system over Christmas and promised them a free game to make up for it. The software company said the system got swamped by too many users trying to play at once. Members of the service will get a free Xbox Live Arcade game, reports the BBC.

All 8 million members will be entitled to one of the games, normally up to $20 each. "While the service was not completely offline at any given time, we are disappointed in our performance," wrote Xbox Live’s general manager. The site lets Xbox players challenge or help each other, download games, and watch shows.