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Free Xbox Live Gold Promotion Slated

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft said Tuesday that it will make its premium Xbox Live Gold level multiplayer service, available for free to Live members playing Grand Theft Auto IV or the downloadable episode The Lost and Damned, starting at 9 a.m. PST Feb. 17 until noon PST Feb. 22.

The limited Grand Theft Auto multiplayer promotion is applicable only to players of either Grand Theft Auto IV or The Lost and Damned expansion episode, the company said.

In addition, Rockstar Games and Xbox Live are putting on a week of special events with the chance to take on hip-hop DJ and producer Statik Selektah in a special “Game with Fame” event. Players will also be able to take on the people behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise in a “Game with Rockstar” multiplayer event.

Sweepstake promotions and  “Xbox All Night” event will also be part of the week of activities.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned will be available for download through Xbox Live beginning Feb. 17 for 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99). Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the first exclusive downloadable add-on episode from Rockstar Games, extending the Grand Theft Auto IV saga for Xbox 360 owners as they take control of Johnny Klebitz to complete missions around the streets of Liberty City.