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Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points

by MIG-31 | Tue 24 January 2012, 11:35 | Discuss

Microsoft’s proprietary virtual currency system, Microsoft Points, will be phased out by the end of the year, according to a source with knowledge of the company’s decision. The change will affect developers for Windows Phone, the Zune marketplace and Xbox Live.

By the end of 2012, all transactions will be based on the region set on the purchasing account and real money will be used to purchase all Windows Phone content. The move puts the Windows Phone Marketplace in line with the purchasing practices used in the App Store and the Android Market.

When asked Microsoft declined to provide further information, with a Microsoft spokesperson responding with “we do not comment on rumours or speculation.”

Mobile developers that have publishing agreements with Microsoft are being warned to plan their upcoming downloadable content (DLC) and in-app purchases in accordance with the change. Customers with existing Microsoft Points balances will have them converted into their local currency after the switch.

Source: Inside Mobile

 

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#1
RE: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points
Posted by Tipstaff | 24th Jan 2012 12:16pm
About time.
#2
RE: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points
Posted by Judas | 24th Jan 2012 3:50pm
this may cause the end of the world though... as predicted.....
#3
RE: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points
Posted by Tipstaff | 27th Jan 2012 1:56am
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Originally Posted by Judas View Post
this may cause the end of the world though... as predicted.....
Nah. There's still one dinosaur left: Nintendo. Until they kill of their Wii Points cards, or Yoshi, or both, we're relatively fine.
#4
RE: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points
Posted by Judas | 27th Jan 2012 7:24am
they better not touch yoshi... i think yoshi is a much better mascot than mario for nintendo.
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