Xbox LIVE, A decade of entertainment

An Open Letter from Mark Whitten

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 and we just added Internet Explorer to the service. We’ve also gone far beyond the console with Xbox on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass* on all your favorite 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
Gamertag – Notwen

*Compatible devices and internet required. Available with select games and Xbox LIVE content. Xbox LIVE Gold membership and additional subscriptions apply for some content and features. Available features vary by device. See