Halo 4 Amex card holders credited $25 for completing game

Microsoft partners with American Express for promotion that pays cardmembers for syncing their account with Xbox Live, accomplishing in-game tasks, and finishing campaign.

For some Halo 4 gamers, it will pay to play. Microsoft has partnered with American Express for a new promotion that gives eligible card holders coupons and credits for tying their account to Xbox Live and playing 343 Industries' new shooter.

Cardmembers in the United States and United Kingdom who sync their American Express card with their Xbox Live account will receive coupons to establishments like AMC Theatres, PacSun, and Carphone warehouse. Additionally, all card holders who sync their card with Xbox Live will receive an automatic credit of $10 in the US or £10 in the UK.

On top of that, American Express cardmembers who play Halo 4 will be rewarded with credits and coupons for their in-game achievements. Those who complete the single-player campaign on Normal or harder difficulty will instantly receive a $25 statement credit (£25 statement credit for those in Europe).

Further, if a player is one of the first 25 people in the US or one of the first 5 in the UK to complete the campaign alone on Legendary difficulty, they will be entered to win a trip to the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

For more on the promotion, check out the American Express landing page. Halo 4 is due out worldwide November 6. GameSpot's review of the title praised its story, combat mechanics, and competitive multiplayer, but lamented its fleeting Spartan Ops missions.

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willauqs
willauqs

I'm not sure the benefits outweigh the costs of having my xbox live account hacked and having my identity stolen.... i will never put my credit card on XBL or PSN.

megakick
megakick

After what happened with PS3 breach, I don't think....

farcorners
farcorners

unusual promotion. I thought only Koreans got money for playing games (starcraft).

airshocker
airshocker

Who says gaming is only for kids and teenagers? Time to put my AMEX and good credit to use!

valium88
valium88

Interesting strategy. In many cases we are lucky if we don't have to pay more to even see an ending to a game.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

That's good at least you get some thing for completing the game. i wonder what the fees will be like..

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

It is sad, but true so many people who use a rental service will just rent the game and beat it for a free 25 bucks.

msfan1289
msfan1289

people thsi is dumb, HALO is targeted to young people, and most young people cant even get the hardest card to get ( American Express) let alone a lot maybe have no credit at all, or already have a few things on there credit report that wont allow them tog et a AMEX card. plus AMEX charges you to pay a yearly fee for having a card. on top of that AMEX is no normal credit card, they want you to pay the balance IN FULL each month. i get the "oh wow gold AMEX card" all the time, im not stupid enough to get one.

 

seems like this is a total fail, what a 14 year old will tell mommy or daddy to snyc there AMEX card to LIve to get "free" money

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Sounds cool but it's too bad that I absolutely REFUSE to ever get a credit card.  Got enough debt from college, I certainly don't need any more.

sonicare
sonicare

Nice, but I still get 5% back with my other card.  That adds up to a lot more since I pay for everything with my credit card.

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

I am a Canadian with an AMEX card... what about me :(

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

MS whoring out the Halo franchise. But it still is nice to see that MS is giving ou cash to the dedicated hardcore people who would finish it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I first thought that it meant that people would be have to pay 25 dollars for completing the game :P. What with all the fees that credit card holders have to pay and the overpricing of games you never know. This is pretty good, although I'm a bit wary about connecting this and that to different services.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This is one of the strangest incentives to get a credit card. Maybe it's a sign of video games becoming even more mainstream, which to me sounds like it's becomming a two edged sword.

TacticaI
TacticaI

Here we are already attaching our bank or credit card information to our consoles (buying MS points, DLC, Netflix, or what have you) and a credit card company actually  found a way to take it upon themselves to up the ante and profit. You beat Halo 4, they sell you debt, Microsoft gets paid, all parties involved are happy. Very well played AMEX, very well played. 

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Now that's smart! Giving them money back for getting addicted to the franchise. Very smart move. I wouldn't be surprised if this grows.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

It sounds like everyone who has a legitimate interest will be happy. Microsoft will see some of its customer accounts synced with a high credit line card. I don't know why, but I am sure it's good for MS. Amex will get some new customers and more usage from some existing customers. Gamers who qualify will get some monetary rewards for playing Halo 4. It's win-win-win.

 

Normally I'd say synching a credit card with Xbox Live will make those consumers personal financial info more susceptible to online fraud, but most Xbox Live users probably have some payment arrangement with MS already. If they can keep their Amex credit line low, a dedicated gaming card is easier to cancel and fix in a fraud, so it may be worthwhile to open a new account just for that purpose. Unless, of course, the synching makes it easier for the customer to lose other personal information or if Amex's fraud protection is weaker than other credit cards, but that's not for me to decide.

 

However you feel about this promotion is your business. I myself use only Playstation and Visa. I don't see why anyone would complain about the existence of this promotion though. For everyone who don't take issue with the way this contract is set up, they all benefit. And Gamespot has every reason to report this news to people who want and can get in on the deal but who may not learn about it otherwise. If you think this deal is BS, feel free to encourage others not to participate. I encourage all to exercise caution when participating. But to criticise this only because you want in but can't--and thus you want the deal not to exist so no one can get in on it--that's just childish.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

I don't see how people would be upset over this, unless those are the same people who don't or can't get an Amex Card themselves.

 

I mean, you get rewarded for something you enjoy doing already, how is that bad?  

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Ugh, let me guess for the privilege of this Amex, or its card processors, will take an additional point off of retailers to pay for this.

Sorry if that sounds bitter and completely off topic, but I work retail and Amex has the highest card processing fees out of any of the big 3 card companies in North America, which as a consequence is one of the reasons so many places prefer not to take them.

daihideo
daihideo

Wow, wish I had AMEX card :(

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

Do you really think sitting on your ass is acomplishment?

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

I'm tired of American Express customers getting all these perks just because they are the least popular. Last Christmas, they got free gift wrapping at my mall.

okassar
okassar

Credit card companies make an insane amount of money for every card opened. If this makes people get AmEx cards, and if it turns some video gamers into its customers for life, this will be well worth it.  

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

These comments...are scaring me. I knew that the majority of young people had hopped on the "making money is greedy" bandwagon, but this has gotten worse than I ever imagined. This is what growing up in the era of pirated entertainment has done to our generation; we have no respect for anything anymore. 

 

For those of you reading this who don't pirate games, thankyou for respecting the hard work of the artists who bring this industry to life. I know there are still a few good people left out there :P

tgwolf
tgwolf

You mean if I had bothered to get an AmEx then I would have had a $25 kickback against all the wasted money I had put on an XBox AND a Halo game?? What was I thinking?!

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

Dayum.  That's a good way to get people to finish your game.  It astounds me how many people don't finish games, especially ones as good as Halo.

denny33142
denny33142

Those saying that Microsoft can now spy on you need to pick up a book and learn something, you are only putting the card as your payment method.

 

I don't know why everyone always complains about everything, you pretty much are getting $35 just for playing a game that you were probably going to play anyway, no one is forcing you to apply for anything.

 

 

hangman000
hangman000

Pathetic, they want people to play this game badly.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Little kiddies will be wanting these cards now.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

This is something I have not seen before.

msfan1289
msfan1289

thats right, so now Microsoft will know what you buy!

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

Halo 4 sucks so bad (like all the others) they have to PAY people to complete it! bwahahahahaha!

KBABZ
KBABZ

So let me get this straight? They have to PAY people to complete the campaign mode?

EverestMan
EverestMan

This is fantastic, I use my green card for everything do this is a nice bonus.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

You're not getting "paid to play." You're getting a credit on your statement in the amount of $25 which, depending if you have an ongoing balance, will be swallowed up to pay it off. You are not getting a check cut and sent to you to buy anything you want. This is nothing but a cheap marketing ploy big companies use to lure in stupid people who think they're actually getting a good deal.

 

Coupons also hold no cash value, unless you consider 1/100th of a cent big money.

ZOD777
ZOD777

AMEX is one of the harder cards to acquire, and most gamers have little to no credit anyway at ages 18-25.  Besides that, the last thing we need is credit card companies pairing up with the gaming industry.  What is next?  Pairing up with banks (some of the greediest people in our economy), or some other money grubbing institution?  I find this deplorable and somewhat laughable.

DrTrafalgarLaw
DrTrafalgarLaw

Hey GameSpot, how about stop advertising for a credit card company? You're a disgrace to videogame journalism.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

I think I would put the money elsewhere if I were Microsoft.

 

Hey, Microsoft, ever heard of charity?

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

How 'bout you guys keep that money and make my mortgage payment instead?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I was wondering what struck me as off about this offer and then it clicked. This is not FREE MONEY. It's credit that can only be redeemed by using their credit card to buy something. Not quite the thing a lot of people here seem to think it is.

Ledah
Ledah

Wow I can't believe what I'm going to say, but, this is actually really good... 25$ for finishing the campaign, coupons, and 10$ just for syncing account? Not bad at all...

radcrab123
radcrab123

This is really REALLLY SAD this is what Game Devs told microsoft:Hey Micro what can we do to get more gamers to play our games even though we already have enough already cause were so pathetic? I KNOW!!! We'll give them money if they have credit cards and for them to win a trip to E3 2013!) Really this is like MLG At home but this just shows how pathetic Microsoft and 343 is i mean REALLY cant they just make a game thats good not get players to get money for playing their game because their worried its gonna be bad i mean SERIOUSLY Microsofts eatin all our money just to show the Money hogs that they are

3qU1L1Br1Um
3qU1L1Br1Um

Well this is an advertisement maneuver I have never imagined, I can see it being successful both to the game and to Amex.