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Xbox Live Gold free weekend comes to Europe March 8

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Xbox 360 owners in Europe will have free access to Xbox Live Gold services next weekend, from March 8 to 10. Online multiplayer gaming access will be available to all Xbox Live members, as will video entertainment services like Sky and Blinkbox.

Access to subscription services like Netflix, Lovefilm Instant and Now TV in the U.K. and Canal Play Infinity in France will also be available. Several game-related promotions are timed to the free weekend, including a Halo 4 avatar giveaway, double XP in Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, a "Gold Unlocked Weekend Challenge" in Forza Horizon and more.

The free weekend promotion is being sponsored by Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite, according to Xbox.com.

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