Last September, Microsoft unveiled Xbox Live Rewards, which gave gamers Microsoft Points and rebates based on the strength of your Gamerscore and the largeness of your Xbox Marketplace purchases. And you also got a few points on your birthday.
But after August 1, Microsoft will be discontinuing the service because of the forthcoming transition to real money and away from Microsoft Points. Instead, Microsoft will be giving, I guess, actual money? Pennies and nickels’ worth of Xbox credit?
Here’s the scoop from the Xbox Rewards page:
“Starting August 1, 2013, you will not be able to earn Microsoft Points through Xbox Live Rewards any longer. Not to worry, though! Since this currency change is impacting the structure of the program, we’re taking the opportunity to make Xbox Live Rewards even better. You’ll continue to get rewarded for doing the things you love on Xbox Live – just not with Microsoft Points. So come back to rewards.xbox.com on September 1, 2013 for the full scoop. You can also follow us at @XboxLiveRewards on Twitter for the latest updates.”
In addition, Microsoft will also deposit any pending rewards points into your account on August 7, so that’s good I guess. Right? Right.
[Via Xbox Rewards]