I would like to put out a little warning to all you guys that have been enjoying Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade. As you know, Microsoft is offering to give you back 800 MSP if you purchase all five of the arcade titles that have come out in recent weeks. Well, after a few tweets, I’ve found out that there is a small caveat to the giveaway that you may not know.
If you’re a twitter-holic like me, you probably end up entering a lot of game giveaways. I recently won a code for Shadow Complex from a Twitter friend. Then, last night, I won another code from ChAIRGAMES. I passed the code on to my sister, who has up been buying all of the Summer of Arcade titles so far.
To make a long story short, I was concerned she might not get her 800 MSP back. As it turns out, I was right. It was confirmed to me by Stepto that you must “purchase” the games in order to be eligible for the points.
I confirmed w/ @majornelson you have to *purchase* the games. A key would not be a purchase.
I am assuming that this extends to any Amazon.com code purchases as well. This concerns me because I see a lot of codes given away for XBLA games, both through community sites and official people like Major Nelson. When you read the fine print, it does say “purchase”, but it does not specify any exceptions like the ones I’ve mentioned.
Limit one (1) gift per person. To qualify for your gift, you must purchase all five (5) games from Xbox LIVE Arcade using your Xbox LIVE account, by August 31, 2009 11:59 EST. The free Points will automatically be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account after the end of the promotion period. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Offer available only to legal residents, age 13+, of the 50 United States (includes D.C.), while supplies last, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and cannot be combined with any other rebate or offer. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
As with any offer like this, there are always very strict rules you must follow. Sometimes the rules leave room for interpretation, which is why I wanted to clarify. I’m glad someone from Microsoft was able to get back to me so quickly. Hopefully this gives some of you enough of a warning to be able to make a more educated buying decision.