Microsoft has just announced a scheme that will let Gears of War 3 beta players invite friends to share the shotgun-fest. Everyone who has played at least one game in the beta will receive a “buddy token”, that will allow an Xbox Live friend access to the beta. US users will also have other opportunities to invite their chums. The following actions will get you another token:
- Purchase any “Gears of War” content from Xbox Live Marketplace (including a “Gears of War” game add-on,”Gears of War” Games on Demand title, or a “Gears of War” Avatar item)
- Play 20 or more hours of the “Gears of War 3″ beta (any time already spent in the beta will count toward this challenge)
- Add a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription to your existing account (purchased from retail or online)
- Play more than 100 hours of any “Gears of War” title, lifetime to date
Players have until 4th May to complete any of the challenges, with tokens being sent out via email from 8th May. The beta closes on 15th May. Microsoft is automatically tracking everyone’s progress, so you don’t need to do anything else to claim your tokens.