Xbox Live Rewards programme last night suffered a glitch and the online Xbox 360 service then awarded selected users thousands of free Microsoft Points.
A handful of gamers who noticed the extra currency being deposited were able to rake the Xbox Marketplace for a bunch of hours with their freely gained Points.
In the meantime, honest Samaritans who notified Microsoft to the problem on Twitter — wary of making use of their unearned gains — were first told by Microsoft, the Points were theirs to keep. “We appreciate your honesty. Enjoy your points”, a tweet message on the official XboxSupport Twitter account reads. “There was a known issue with the rewards system. The points you were rewarded are yours”, says another.
However, Microsoft then changed its mind, with members who refused from spending sprees reporting unspent extra Microsoft Points had been removed.
“The Rewards deposit today was credited multiple times for some users. The extra points have been recalled,” reads the new message, explaining Microsoft’s latest stance.
Will gamers be forced to pay up for purchases made using the Points given in error? Xbox 360 users who are frustrated with the issue are still waiting for an answer, with Microsoft support has made a statement saying the company at this point had “no info on that” to share.