Welcome to Britt5091: Origins, where I dig up old blog posts I used to write for IGN’s community under the username Britt5091. Some posts may make you giggle, some may make your eyes bleed, and some may make you stroke your beard in a pensive manner. All you need to know is that these posts, no matter how terrible some of them may be, ultimately lead to everything I do now.
I Has Been Chosen
November 4th, 2009
For those unaware, around October 19th Microsoft sent emails to a select number of Xbox Live subscribers inviting them to register and enter to be part of a pilot rewards program. After registering, subscribers were told they would be notified shortly if they had been selected to participate.
Having completed the survey October 20th and completely forgetting about it, I was caught off guard when I opened this email from Xbox LIVE:
How this (apparently) works is for sixth months (thats how long the pilot lasts), I will receive a select amount of Microsoft Points for every purchase I make through the Live Marketplace. Example, because I am in this pilot group, if I decide to renew my Gold membership for 12 months I will receive 200 MP. If I subscribe to Netflix I’ll receive 200 MP. By participating in surveys I’ll receive 100 MP. By “making your first purchase” you receive 100 MP.
After making your first purchase and receiving 100 MP, the points received thereafter for purchasing items on the Live Marketplace is as follows: The first month, you will receive 1% of your purchases. The second month, 2%. Third, 3%, so on and so forth until the fifth and sixth months where you will earn 5%.
Each month an email will be sent from Xbox LIVE with an update and more information on what “cool” unspecified things I can get with my rewards.
Personally, I think the concept is great. If you purchase things on Xbox LIVE anyway, why not be rewarded for them? (Looks like someone was watching Club Nintendo, perhaps)
What do you guys think about the rewards pilot?
Update – September 3rd, 2012
Um. I don’t remember receiving rewards of any sort via this pilot. I think, like, Microsoft realized they didn’t mean to select me or something BECAUSE I NEVER SAW A DAMN POINT TRANSFERRED INTO MY ACCOUNT.
That being said, this is no longer a thing that’s happening, is it? I mean, shit. I can’t keep up.