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Xbox Live extending to nine new countries

Games for Windows Live also localised as gamers encouraged to migrate foreign accounts

Microsoft's Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live services will be made available for nine new countries from November 10, 2010, offering localised content and support.

Residents of Russia, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Colombia, and Chile will all be able to access the services from their home countries, without having to register an account in a foreign country. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language options will be available.

Customers with existing accounts registered from elsewhere will be able to migrate territories, keeping all avatar items, Microsoft Points, downloads, DLC and games saves. Existing accounts will have their subscriptions rounded up to the nearest month when they migrate.

Certain services, such as Twitter, Facebook and Zune, are as yet unavailable in the new territories, so any associated content will not function with migrated accounts. All purchased content can be re-downloaded prior to the migration, but once it has taken place only content purchased under the new details will be available to re-download.

No specific pricing has yet been given for the subscription or Microsoft Points in the nine new countries, but Microsoft says that it hopes to "offer consistent pricing for Xbox LIVE around the world".

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Latest comments (9)

David Rider Publisher, Hustler UK10 years ago
Superb. Nine new nations who can enjoy racism and homophobia from 10-year-olds on XBL playing games rated for adults.
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Kim Blake Senior Events & Education Co-ordinator, Blitz Games Studios10 years ago
*is highly amused by David's comment*
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Sebastian Belton Assistant QA Manager, 2K Czech10 years ago
I'm not to sure about the inability to re-download my arcade titles if i migrate. What's up with that? I have maybe 20-30 arcade games, i don't want to jeopardize losing all that.
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Romain Lacroix Design & Execution, Maximinus10 years ago

Anyone knows about the availability of Xbox Live Indie Games in these new countries?
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Alberto Belli Marketing & Communication Manager, Forge Reply10 years ago
Brazilian players on FIFA. Sounds good
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Bryan Mackenzie Studying Game and Simulation Programming, DeVry University10 years ago
Like Romain, I am interested to find out whether Xbox live indie games will be available in these new countries. I am also looking forward to playing with some old friends from South Africa!
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Victor Vieira editor, Zombiegamer10 years ago
We have been kicking and screaming for Live in South Africa for years.
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Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation 10 years ago
If only there was a thumbs up system here, David's comment would get a big thumbs up :P
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Lee Pumford Studying FDA computer games design, St Helens College10 years ago
I'm really looking forward to seeing what Indie developers in these countries can come up with too.

And hooray for all the new little hoodlums ruining my days of unemployment that I wittle away playing CoD & Dead Rising.
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