Through a sponsorship deal with Verizon, Microsoft said Friday it would allow free Xbox Live access from March 31 through April 2 to any Xbox 360 owner. Called the Xbox Live Gold Weekend, events would include multiplayer gaming, leaderboard tournaments, and Play and Win contents.
Verizon also would be giving away one million Microsoft points to lucky Xbox Live members. The event would also be used to promote Verizon’s various DSL and FiOS high-speed offerings, the companies said. Microsoft says that since the launch of the Xbox 360, subscription rates for the Live service have accelerated, with nearly half of the new console’s owners registering.