Working at Microsoft gives you some interesting advantages. One of those benefits, free. Ultimate Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, will disappear next year, and staff at the big tech company are reportedly not happy about it. Employees were so upset that Xbox boss Phil Spencer had to step in and address the situation.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a very good deal, offering players a large library of new and old video games that can be played on PC, Xbox, and cloud streaming. The service has millions of subscribers thanks to great games like star field landing on Game Pass on day one. And with Activision games likely coming to Netflix-like service in the future—following Microsoft’s acquisition of Obligations editor: Game Pass will become an even better offer. Of course, if you don’t have to pay anything for Game Pass, it’s really a In fact good business. But it looks like the nice perk for Microsoft staff will soon disappear.
A report from November 2, The edge claims that Microsoft is eliminating the free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefit for most of its more than 200,000 permanent employees. The benefit will disappear in January 2024. Microsoft staff will reportedly be able to purchase 12-month Game Pass plans at a discount from the company’s employee store. But that’s not enough for the tech company’s frustrated employees, who found out about this change earlier this week.
Sources say The edge that most Xbox division employees will continue to get Game Pass for free. This benefit will only be removed for non-Xbox Microsoft employees.
Some Microsoft employees reportedly started complaining on the company’s internal message board. The posts eventually prompted Xbox boss Phil Spencer to respond, telling angry employees that he was unaware of the change and would further investigate the disappearance of the benefit.
Eliminating this benefit in 2024 probably hurts even more considering that in July Game Pass Ultimate price jumped from $15 per month to $17 per month. Hopefully, affected employees will still get other cool benefits, like, I don’t know… free Office365 subscriptions or fun Clippy t-shirts? New and old Zunes?