Free Xbox Live Gold in North America and Japan until April 22

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12 month xbox live gold membershipPut away that Xbox Live Gold card you were about to redeem. You don’t need it today, or this weekend for that matter. Microsoft is offering up free Xbox Live Gold to its customers. Well, provided you live in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Japan. If you’re in any of those regions, you’re good. If you’re not, then go ahead and pay for the right to enjoy online entertainment.

This free Xbox Live Gold weekend is one of Microsoft’s standard promotions. They open up access from April 19-22, 2013, and then the company hopes people like the taste so much that they’ll pay $60 a year to subscribe. Most likely though, people will play until the promotion ends at 1pm EST/12pm CST/10am CST on April 22. We’re cheap like that. We’ll enjoy the free weekend, say thank you when it’s done, and return to our normal gaming habits.

Major Nelson also shared some other, more specific game-related details in its free Xbox Live Gold announcement. For one, people can get a Golden Key in Borderlands 2 with the code, “KTW3T-ZXXS5-JBSJF-5FJT3-6TB9X.” Also, there are double XP events in Assassin’s Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Far Cry 3. There will also be free-to-enter Virgin Gaming tournaments with FIFA 13, Madden 13, NBA 2K13 and NHL 13 this weekend. Basically, they’re showing off how much fun people could be having if they were regular subscribers.

I think it’s ironic that there is free Xbox Live Gold access for people in Japan right now. That’s the one region where the Xbox 360 is in last place. The PS3 is the top console there, and the Xbox 360 doesn’t have nearly the same library or fanbase. You’d think it would have been smarter for Microsoft to offer a free Xbox Live Gold weekend to people in Europe or Australia instead. Oh well, I suppose the company has its reasons.

Source [Major Nelson]

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