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Xbox Live turns 10, celebrates with free Wreckateer and game discounts

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Xbox Live, Microsoft's online service for Xbox 360, mobiles and Windows, has turned 10 years old.

To celebrate the landmark figure, Microsoft is giving away Kinect title Wreckateer free until tomorrow (November 16).

Xbox Live turns 10

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Until November 22, a number of games are halved in price, with Castle Crashers, Battlefield 1943 and Bastion now 600 Microsoft Points (£5.15 / $7.50), Fruit Ninja Kinect, Peggle and Full House Poker 400 Microsoft Points (£3.40 / $5).

Finally, Xbox 360 launch title Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is available for 200 Microsoft Points (£1.70 / $2.50).

In the US, users can download a 10-year gamerpic to be entered into a competition to win a custom Xbox Live Anniversary Xbox 360 console and other prizes.

In an open letter, Xbox Live corporate vice president Marc Whitten revealed that this year an average of 9.4 million people per week used multiplayer, and that the releases of Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 have broken records for the service.

"I'm proud to announce that during the week of Nov. 6 through Nov. 13, our members spent more time on Xbox Live (gaming and watching entertainment) than any other week in the history of our service: a total of 442 million hours," he revealed.

"And Halo 4, which broke entertainment industry numbers, resulted in the LIVE community unlocking 43 million achievements in just the first five days of gameplay."

Gallery: View images of Xbox's 10 year history:
Xbox Live officially launched after the release of the original Xbox, being expanded into two tiers - the free Silver membership (now classed as Free) and the premium Gold membership.

It has since branched out onto Windows Phone devices and PCs in many forms, from the Games for Windows Live service to Xbox Games on Windows 8.

In that time the Xbox brand has branched out from being focused on games, and has encompassed entertainment such as music and movies.

> Download Wreckateer for free on Xbox 360 until November 16

Read the open letter from Marc Whitten in full:

Dear Xbox LIVE Members:

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Xbox LIVE and on this very special day I want to thank you for helping us make LIVE what it is today, and what it will be tomorrow.

Over the last 10 years you've helped us define LIVE as the best place to play online and the definitive online gaming experience for two generations of Xbox consoles, and you've helped us evolve LIVE into a full entertainment service, delivering amazing games, sports, movies, TV and music.

It's fitting to be celebrating our anniversary on the heels of launching two of the most anticipated games of the year, Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The time you've spent playing these games and enjoying entertainment on Xbox has set new records for the service.

I'm proud to announce that during the week of Nov. 6 through Nov. 13, our members spent more time on Xbox LIVE (gaming and watching entertainment) than any other week in the history of our service: a total of 442 million hours. And Halo 4, which broke entertainment industry numbers, resulted in the LIVE community unlocking 43 million achievements in just the first five days of gameplay.

This year we had an average of 9.4 million people a week using multi-player gaming on Xbox LIVE and in the 10 years of LIVE, nearly 14.5 billion Achievements have been unlocked worldwide, accumulating a total combined Gamerscore of more than 270 billion.

For those of you who've been with us since the beginning, you might remember the introduction of online multiplayer, the blade design of the dashboard, Halo 2 on Xbox LIVE, the Xbox LIVE Arcade retail disc, or downloading your gamer pic and instant messaging with your friends for the first time.

Since those early days, Xbox LIVE has evolved at an amazing pace. We have scores of entertainment apps worldwide, we just added Internet Explorer to service and an all-new Sports destination . We've also gone far beyond the console with Xbox on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass* on all your favourite devices.

If the last 10 years is any indication of what's possible in the next 10 years, imagine the innovation yet to come. One thing is for sure - we will continue to offer some of the best entertainment, from premium games, sports, TV, movies, web to music.

To the members who've been with us since the beginning – I sincerely thank you, both for your support and your feedback. And for those of you that have just become members, a very warm welcome.

So to all our 40+ million LIVE members in 41 countries around the globe, a very happy anniversary - we wouldn't be celebrating this milestone without you!

See you on Xbox.

Marc Whitten

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