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No free Xbox Live Gold weekend for Europe

It's open to US gamers only.

A Microsoft spokesperson has told our sister site, GamesIndustry.biz, that the promotional event which will allow Xbox 360 owners to try out online gaming for free will only be open to US gamers.

All Xbox 360 units come with a free Silver subscription, which allows owners to download games, demos and trailers from the Xbox Live Marketplace. In order to play games online, you've got to pay for a Gold subscription at a cost of either $7.99 per month or $49.99 per year (or, if you live in the UK, £14.99 for three months or £39.99 per year).

The free trial event, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in April, will offer all Xbox Live Silver subscribers the same access as Xbox Live Gold users for 72 hours - providing they live in the States.

"This is an American only event sponsored by Verizon," a Microsoft spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz.

"There are no current plans for the same event in Europe and we do not have any announcements to make at the moment."

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