If you were one of the lucky 30,000 UFC fans who were able to snag free access to UFC 141 on Xbox Live last weekend, well it turns out your luck ran out at fight time.
Thanks to a variety of technical issues, Microsoft fumbled the UFC’s first pay-per-view broadcast on their shiny new UFC on Xbox Live app, which left 30,000+ UFC fans scrambling to find alternative means to watch UFC 141 at the last-minute. Bummer for sure, but the good news is Microsoft plans to make it up to them by giving them free access to a future UFC pay-per-view.
“The broadcast of UFC 141 through the UFC for Xbox LIVE application was hampered by technical issues appearing in the hours leading up to the fight. Despite restoring service to some users during the course of UFC 141, there is a great deal of room for improvement. All 30,00 users who registered to view UFC 141 for free will be provided access to a future fight at no cost.
“We want to ensure that the 30,000 giveaway recipients for UFC 141 have an optimal experience with UFC on Xbox LIVE, and we are currently working with our partners at the UFC to ensure we deliver just that. The gamertags of the 30,000 users who registered for UFC 141 are being safely kept on file for free access to a future UFC event, and we will have more updates to share in the near future.”
That should ease the pain for those who snagged the freebie, but what about the people that actually paid for UFC 141 on XBox Live? How many of them will actually give the service another shot? As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”