Xbox Reward for Windows Phone Users Abused, Microsoft Promises a Fix

It’s always sad to see people abuse a system meant to offer incentives to people, but that is exactly what happened when Microsoft offered an avatar prop for those signing up for their Windows Phone email newsletter. It seems someone hoped to sell the props at a profit, which is a terrible practice:

We thought it was a cool little incentive. You guys did too, given the number of new signups we saw, and apparently others agreed – it showed up on a variety of sites. Then, someone abused the system, and ended up reserving all of the remaining codes for themselves so that actual users were left in the dust and when some people tried to get their avatar gear, it was already taken. We even saw the codes show up on eBay.

Microsoft is now making things right for the people who missed out on their codes due to the rest being illegitimately claimed by one person.

If you signed up for the newsletter (thanks, BTW!), got the invite for the gear and weren’t able to redeem your code, we will be making it right: we will send you a code in the next few days for a different prop (a Windows Phone foam finger).

[via Windows Phone Blog]


  • Sad to see people abuse any cool incentive they throw at users.