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Currently you have the possibility to extend your Xbox Live Gold subscription for only 25.50$ per year. cdkeys offers codes from Brazil for this price! However, you need a Brazilian VPN server or a Brazilian IP to redeem them. There are no other technical restrictions. You can even extend your existing subscription (no matter from which country) with it. Only important note: You can extend gold for a maximum of three years into the future. I just found that out myself while trying it out :) Means: You can't buy gold for 10 years now. If the expiration date "would" (!) exceed three years due to the renewal, the renewal will be rejected.

Example: Your subscription runs until 15th Oct. 2020 and you want to add another year, the redemption process will be rejected. In this case you could redeem the code as of 16th Oct. 2018. You are only allowed to have subscription running for three years in maximum in the future.

cdkeys also offers a 3% voucher, which you can generate via the link below (But only on your computer. The generator doesn't load via Facebook on your smartphone).

To redeem, simply use your computer browser. On Xbox-Now simply call up the details/prices at any game and take the link to the BR Store there. Then you click on your name in the upper right corner, select "Minha conta Microsoft", then "Gerenciar" in the blue header and then "Resgatar um código ou cartão-presente" to enter the code. Close before the confirmation you will be asked for an automatic extension. Then there is another month for free. But it's better to deselect the extension and always do it manually, because it's definitely cheaper.

12M XBL Gold for 25.50$ per year

Generate 3% Voucher (Only available on your computer, not on your smartphone)

I have used the Brazil server from NordVPN to redeem. Other VPN providers might also have BR servers in it. NordVPN has a 3-day free trial!

A few weeks ago the API to activate a gift cards in turkish eletronic stores was deactivated, that no new cards find it's way to the public and thus nobody is able to benefit from the extremly low prices from outside of Turkey. Besides that the first publisher has now taken further consequences.

Thus the prices of some games of Activision Blizzard were raised by almost 100%, in order to compensate the current market situation, and/or the strong currency devaluation in Turkey. A huge disadvantage for turkish people, who now have extremly expensive prices for digital copies of games. Probably this will stop everyone to buy digital games. Instead one will purchase physically copies, which should not find it's way outside of Turkey usually.

In the recent price change overview one can clearly see that the upcoming Activision Blizzard games were increased by up to 100%. Usually at 470.50 TRY, which almost corresponds to the US price of 59.99$ plus excluding tax.

EA has already did the same in recent months with its games in Turkey and Argentina. Some game prices were already increased in June by about 70%, because of almost the similar situation in Argentina. Probably more publishers will follow soon and the prices in Argentina and Turkey are no longer very attractive. At least until the economic situation in both countries has recovered and the exchange rates rise again.

If anyone asks why not all the games in the store are becoming more expensive: The prices are not set by Microsoft, but by each publisher and for each country individually. Microsoft will certainly make proposals here, set upper limits and stuff like that. But in the end the price policy will be determined by each publisher himself.

If you are currently looking for gift cards for Hong Kong (e.g. for Life is Strange 2 Complete Edition - 25$), you can be happy! Play-Asia is currently offering some discounts on its Hong Kong digital cards, which you can get almost at the face value. As this is rarely the case with Play-Asia and Hong Kong will be one of the important countries in the future, you should consider buying more cards in reserve.

In the last days there were many speculations and questions regarding foreign purchases in the Xbox Store. After Microsoft banned various accounts for 14 days on 2018-09-06 after the so-called "enter method" became known (probably also for self-protection because it could not be ruled out that it was a hacker attack), there was a lot of confusion as to whether games could still be purchased abroad.

In fact, the whole situation is still relatively uncertain, but one thing is certain: the enter method is no longer possible at all. And that's a good thing. Not only for your accounts it could cause problems (bans etc.), but also Microsoft's infrastructure suffers with certainty. Since it seems to be just a glitch anyway, which is fixed in the meantime, you can be happy if at least your pre-orders remain.

There were some cancellations of games, but partly (in the example of Spyro) this was not due to a foreign purchase, but to the game itself. Also affected were players from the U.S. who bought regularly in their home store. However, the reason for this is not known. Probably at the publisher's request.

Even the purchase via VPN does not seem to work anymore. Of course, there can be exceptions. At least in the low-price countries like Argentina or Turkey it is no longer possible. That does not mean of course that a) it will not work again sometime in the future and b) that all countries are affected. If you were successful purchasing a game from a foreign store using VPN, please drop me a message. Recently someone in our Discord Channel speculated that Microsoft might have introduced a so-called BIN check for credit cards. The first six digits of the credit card number are validated, as they refer to the issuing bank and the country of origin of the card. Of course this would be a pity...

Nevertheless, purchases via gift cards are still possible!

At the moment it is difficult to get gift cards for Turkey and almost impossible to get them for Argentina. But never say never! The situation in these countries also changes again and so I can well imagine that in a few weeks/months gift cards will be available again. But if you know any person who lives in such a country, it's always possible to get cards from there. Local businesses sell them, as long as they have stock. But probably there won't be stock for too long anymore. It's also uncertain, if they can re-stock... We will see...

As soon as I get more information, I will inform you!

At this point you have found information about how to shop in other regions in the store. Since the method is similar to a brute force attack, Microsoft found it less good. Yesterday evening they started banning accounts temporarily for 14 days or at least subjecting them to a verification where you first had to reactivate your account yourself by sending an SMS. It could also have been that it was caused by a hack. Who knows how this was expressed internally at Microsoft.

Since I had published this ominous tutorial here, I may even have been the first to be directly affected. I had a permanent account ban last night. However, I was able to discuss the problems with the Enforcement-Team and clarify the issue. We agreed that I'd remove the tutorial here and thus virtually end the indirect DDoS attack (that's how it will have looked at Microsoft). In return the permanent ban was removed again. (If someone from Microsoft or the Enforcement-Team is reading this: Thank you very much! It was no bad intention!)

Therefore I ask you, especially to avoid a temporary or permanent lock, not to use this questionable method any longer to shop in other stores. Just use this page as you did a few days ago to inform you and so on.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading! Next time the Xbox Store has some problems, we'll just ignore them. It will work correctly again sometime. Put the crowbar aside from now on ;)

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