Microsoft Ends Free Xbox Game Pass for Employees

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Microsoft had planned to end the benefit of free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions for non-Microsoft Gaming employees in January 2024.  

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The decision prompted pushback from some Microsoft employees.  

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Microsoft has decided to scrap the plan for now and will continue providing free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions to all employees throughout 2024.  

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The decision to revert the plan was communicated in a leaked memo from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.  

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Spencer apologized for the confusion and thanked the staff for their support.  

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Spencer was not aware of the plan to end the employee benefit and personally looked into the matter.  

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The memo suggests that Microsoft may still revisit the plan to take away free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions from employees in the future.  

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is Microsoft's flagship game subscription service that offers over 100 game titles for a single purchase. 

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