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Is Xbox Live Primetime's 1 Vs. 100 Becoming Pay To Play?

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1 Vs. 100 Live, the first Xbox 360 game show for Microsoft's Xbox Live Primetime push, is currently in beta testing. Originally pitched as a free game for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, it appears Microsoft may begin charging for it.

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While the 1 Vs. 100 Live product page on Xbox.com previously implied the game show was going to be free for Gold members, it now specifies that only the beta season will be included with Gold Membership. When we previewed the game a little over a month ago, the "free" plan was still in place.

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But Kotaku readers taking part in the beta version of the Primetime program have noticed the option to purchase a "Season Pass" for the program, which runs 13-week-long video game seasons. Unfortunately, any attempts to do so have resulted in errors and that option appears to have been removed from Xbox Live.

Microsoft already monetizing the service with in-game ads, but it may be looking to underwrite (and profit from) Season Pass purchases for the show.

And that "Buy Season Pass" option may make 1 Vs. 100 Live playable by those of Xbox Live Silver status, which would make the Primetime offering available to a much wider audience.

We've contacted Microsoft to get clarification on the issue but have yet to receive a response.

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Wow, and immediately my wish to play this goes down the drain.

"We've got so many people interested, let's profit!" Wrong way to go about it. Correct way is to go to the sponsors and say, "Look how many people will see it - we're going to charge you more for ad space when this goes live.