Microsoft has stated that it will be changing the way that its Xbox Live Rewards scheme works in September to account for the upcoming switch away from Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
An email picked up by Stevivor states that changes to the system will be unveiled on September 1, and from August 1 Microsoft Points will no longer be given out as a reward. “With all these changes, it’s become necessary for us to evolve the way we reward you. Starting August 1, 2013, you will not be able to earn Microsoft Points through Xbox Live Rewards any longer,” the email reads.
“Not to worry, though! Since this currency change is impacting the structure of the program, we’re taking the opportunity to make Xbox Live Rewards even better. “You’ll continue to get rewarded for doing the things you love on Xbox Live – just not with Microsoft Points.
“So come back to rewards.xbox.com on September 1, 2013 for the full scoop. You can also follow us at @XboxLiveRewards on Twitter for the latest updates.”
I know that everyone is hoping that real-money transition means real-money rewards, but I highly doubt that will be the case. I’d guess that it will become more of a digital reward scheme where you can earn free games, dashboard themes, exclusive discounts, etc.