Free Xbox Live weekend official

Verizon sponsors three days of complimentary online Xbox 360 play, giveaway of a million Marketplace points.

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The free Xbox Live Gold Weekend is on again, officially this time. Microsoft today announced that the first free Xbox Live Gold weekend will run from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2. The event will be sponsored by telecom company Verizon.

In addition to free online play against 360 gamers worldwide, players will be able to participate in "Play and Win" contests and Xbox Live Arcade leaderboard tournaments, as well as win Xbox Live Marketplace points, as part of the Verizon One Million Microsoft Points giveaway. The points will be given away--500 per gamer (the equivalent of $6.25)--while supplies last, but Verizon won't reveal what 360 owners need to do to secure them until March 30.

The full calendar of live events is online now and lists a pair of Project Gotham Racing 3 "Play and Win" contests, where gamers can earn PGR3 faceplates; a Geometry Wars challenge, where players will get a chance at winning prizes; and a number of chances to compete against the Xbox Team in games ranging from Fight Night Round 3 to Marble Blast Ultra to College Hoops 2K6. Gamers will also get a chance to challenge Ubisoft's Frag Dolls in games of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter that Friday night.

This won't be Verizon's only participation in Xbox Live. The company has also announced that it is sponsoring a PGR3 tournament for racers in North America, Europe, and Asia that will kick off April 10, with the finalists from each region being flown to Italy to tour Lamborghini's headquarters.

Discussion

106 comments
JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

is this next year? cuz it's a little late for 2007, but it seems too early to announce it for 2008

thekey
thekey

Xbox live is hot!!! And there is nothing out there like it, this week end will be a success.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

i can seem to connect to live anyways. i have comcast but it wont connect for some reason.

cbalas
cbalas

I agree...Give some incentives for those of us who have had LIVE..and who just plays campaigns...come on people get with it!

Alpha__13
Alpha__13

Most of them probably do. I mean if you look at it, you have: 1. A $300-$400 piece of equipment 2. A broadband internet connection ranging from $30-$50 a month. 3. Assorted games. Anyone with money to purchase those three items probably has enough money to purchase a $50 per year subscription to Xbox Live.

Roy4501
Roy4501

you would think that everyone with a 360 and broadband would already have Gold...

shrum91
shrum91

and you made an article about this...why?

TheFoot
TheFoot

And every gold member mysteriously does not sign on that weekend... I wonder why that might be...

azorath44
azorath44

dosn't sound that great xbox live is only fifty for a year, so its 4, 5 dollars a month. you are all so geeks lets go crush some noobs! lol, sounds like you don't like challanges if your excited about beating new ppl, kinda like the de -rankers in halo 2, so they can play lower level ppl.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

m$ isn't going to cancel again, are they?

LunarEagle
LunarEagle

Must tour Lamborghini's headquarters! Guess it's time to break out PGR3 again!

MCCHA
MCCHA

too bad i dont have that game

cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

I already have gold... So... Do I really need a trial version?

FluxZero
FluxZero

Well definatly be a test for live. The load will be great. As for beatting down on noobs well, just go a little easy on them after all we want them to come back so we can beat down on them some more lol.

Gohanmohan
Gohanmohan

Lol I hate fanboys, especially nintendo fanboys. You guys are so sad. I'm getting all three consoles so I can't complain but still- you guys are retards. In the last generation war Microsoft blatantly smashed Nintendo to the ground so don't argue! My Gamecube was a waste of cash- they should have given that away for free with a box of Coco Pops cereal.

Gohanmohan
Gohanmohan

Lol total noob carnage- This is going to be fun. Come on kids...you're welcome to join the wonderful world of Live. Muhahahahah!

boolow407
boolow407

grnidbandit- Really. Some of us enjoy the 360. If your waiting on the PS3, more power to you. If the PS3 is what you plan on getting great. My point is dont knock us for the system we are enjoying know. I too might get a PS3, BUT like you said it isnt out yet. It might turn out worse than my "crapbox". In the meantime I will enjoy my systems. And as I stated earlier, you even claimed you hate the 360, then why read about how Xbox live is gonna be free this weekend? In my posts, Im just pointing out the facts. I really dont have anything against the PS3, but day by day, these horrible stories are becoming true. I hope the predictions of it turning into the next dreamcast isnt true. Sega was the top dog for a while, then they got too comfy. I read the Sony articles because I do plan on getting one. Looking at some of the latest, I think even the most hard core PS fan would be a little sceptical of what Sony is gonna do.

halo2maniak
halo2maniak

Another way for microsoft to spread there product.

AlbertWesker316
AlbertWesker316

Sony could take a flamming dog turd and call it a ps3 and people will buy it, I think its pretty funny how people say Bill Gates sux, or Its M$ just ignore them, when those people are probably running windows!

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

boolow407 has the nerve to say i dont have my next gen system yet,thats cause im waiting patiently for it i dont need your crapbox 1.5,and you also have the nerve to comment that im reading articles that dont pertain to me,well why in the hell are you crapbox fanboys reading news about the ps3? does that pertain to you?? so i guess its ok for you guys to post messages about how the ps3 will crash but its not ok for me to comment on a consoie thats out already which I have played many times and everytime i have played gives out crappy results.

boolow407
boolow407

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boolow407
boolow407

Mickel and grnidbandit read these articles in hopes of something they dont have. Their next gen system. To the sony fanboys posting here hating, I say this- LIVE IN YOUR WORLD, PLAY IN OURS!!!!! Stop spending your life reading news articles that dont pertain to "your" system and leaving hate messages. We dont care.

mightEone
mightEone

I'm marking this on my calender. P.S. You people should calm it down with the noob smack talk. I joined xbox live a week ago and I'm already whoopin @ss! I'm just warning you guys the noobs might takeover.

reece590
reece590

Sweet now there will be a noob fest...(nothing wrong with owning them all weekend)......Thats good for people who cant afford Gold member??(really)

yr175065
yr175065

OH NO! Attack of the noobs!

daveg1
daveg1

thats a good idea!

mickel_darmawan
mickel_darmawan

Another Bill Gate$'s money polictic, just ignore it.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

fradog23-why would you sell a unit on ebay that has a ton of glitches? and yes i have played both the xbox and the 360, just dont like either just like the way you guys here dont like sony. you must be a microsoft fanboy since you responed to my post.

fradog23
fradog23

You do sound like a Sony fanboy grnidbandit. And you probably never played either the xbox or the 360. Your friends wouldn't be too smart if they returned thier 360's. Haven't they ever heard of Ebay?

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Verizon ain't playing at all!!! Good job!

saturos
saturos

uh i can play with just an xbox or is xbox360 needed? boohiss

thechosenone827
thechosenone827

That is cool, it will give people a chance to try it out. Hopefully they will get some new live subscribers.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

That sounds like a sweet weekend indeed.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

mario is for kids guys,so im going to start assuming your kids. ofcourse you own a 360 you like it, if you did not like it, would it be sitting next to your tv? i know people who owned a 360 and returned theirs cause it is a peice of crap. oh and nintendo's vision for future gaming is playing retro mario with a remote control, come on bring out the ps3 already so we can get some real gaming in.

Blink85
Blink85

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Les go kick some noob assssssssss yes!! (Noob anikilation week) cool

Taoweixiong
Taoweixiong

See I'm an investment banker so I don't have to fight for the console. I have no choice but to buy most consoles coming out, even if I'm not playing them. Sometimes, I give extras to my friends and family. I just wanted to say this because I can say I'm not a fanboy to one particular system and I can afford most of this merchandise without breaking a sweat (lack of money) or nerve (being tied down to one system by brand.) Sorry I couldn't say that for most people on this forum bickering on which system is better, yata yata yata.

whgresiak
whgresiak

this is getting to be a fad... Free Day of Defeat Source Weekend.... Free Xbox Live Gold weekend... what next... Free BF2 weekend?

Groqislander
Groqislander

arrite free x-box live whooooooooo!!!!! oh wait it's on the weekend,, wait, weekend??? i go out on weekends, the weekends are my only chance to see the real world. so much for that.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I already found out about this hours ago.

dcoy8
dcoy8

lol, im gunna get a 360 tomarow just because of this...

l33t_m4573r
l33t_m4573r

"who cares if this crap is for free the 360 is a piece of garbage anyways and who ever is still playing mario needs to grow up." lol whoa dude, thats more then a little harsh :P I'm quite proud of my 360 despite what anyone says, the only people that trash it like that don't own one. Everyone I know that has one is happy with it :P And to the guy who said he must be a Sony fanboy, I actually am and I'm not like that at all lol. Then again I did buy a 360 so I suppose I'm like a MS/Sony hybrid or something lol.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

should be a good load test for live, eh?

_Cab0ose87_
_Cab0ose87_

"who cares if this crap is for free the 360 is a piece of garbage anyways and who ever is still playing mario needs to grow up." Wow. Just. Wow. Anyone that big of a jerk MUST be a Sony fanboy LOL.

VFA-102
VFA-102

All those Playstation and Nintendo freaks that are talking smack about XBOX LIVE, must not have it or else they would realize that what a far supiorior service it is compared to that garbage that is sony's network, or essientially the non existant Nintendo version.