You can score 10,000 Microsoft Rewards points by earning Xbox Gamerscore in May

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Rewards and Xbox are teaming up for a gaming bonanza in May.
  • Score up to 10,000 Microsoft Rewards points by earning 10,000 in Gamerscore.
  • The challenge needs to be activated in the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox.

There's nothing better than doing what you love for monetary gain. Such is the case with Microsoft's current gaming-themed promotion of its Microsoft Rewards program, wherein you can earn Rewards points just by playing Xbox games and earning achievements.

As spotted by TrueAchievements, from May 11 to May 31, you'll have the opportunity to earn 10,000 Microsoft Rewards points relatively easily. All you'll need to do is earn 10,000 Gamerscore.

Mind you, easy points aren't the same as speedily acquired points. Playing games can be fun and simple, but 10,000 Gamerscore will likely take even grizzled gamers a bit of time to rack up. And doing it in 20 days? Oof.

Here's the catch: You need to activate the Rewards-points-for-Gamerscore challenge via the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. There's a May Gamerscore Challenge punchcard in the app, and that's the one you're looking for. If you don't activate it, your accrued achievements won't count toward Microsoft Rewards points gains.

Now's an ideal time to tackle the challenge, especially since Microsoft Rewards just added Magzter GOLD to its lineup of prizes. Plus, who doesn't like earning goodies just for playing, say, the best Xbox Game Pass games?

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  • Talk about a grind, it's almost as lame Games with Gold. The same number of reward points can be easily earned every month by simply doing the Bing daily sets which literally take no more than 2 minutes per day.
  • It's certainly not the right challenge for everyone, agreed.
  • It's not a grind at all, it's called being rewarded for playing games. Way to really complain about everything. This is nothing as lame as with Games with Gold. Of course getting the full 10K for everyone is pretty difficult, but game pass has quite a few easy completions that take less than 3 hours.
  • Way to be an MS apologist. Getting 10,000 gamerscore points in a few weeks is absolutely a grind for the vast majority of people. If it was for significantly more reward points, then OK, it's a reasonable challenge with a real payoff. But 10,000 points? Please, it's piddling. That's the equivalent of a $10 MS gift card at best. What's your time worth? Especially since you're correct, most will need to spend hours playing a bunch of games they probably have no interest in. Sounds fun.
  • Or, you can play the games you ARE interested in, and earn a few hundred, or even a few thousand, points. The 10k is a cap, not the only amount you can earn.
  • The article didn't make the "up to" part clear so that makes sense. Originally it sounded like an all-or-nothing challenge.
  • Actually some of those quick completions are some of the best games in Game Pass. Way to sound like a Game Snob. No one is forcing you to do anything, this is basically free money for playing games, something some of do for free already and thoroughly enjoy. In regards to your not knowing about it being an "up to" challange, how about reading into something before complaining about it? This isn't the first time they ran this type of thing. They did it at least 2 times last year.
  • So do both. You can get your bing points all month and get rewards for some achievements as well. You don't have to get 10k to get rewarded.
  • If they took that down to 1,000 gamerscore and 1,000 MS points, then I am would try. Not trying to do this.
  • Why? Just get 1000 then. It's not an all or nothing reward.
  • There's certain games there u can can easily get 1000 gamerscore out of very quick and easy just Google best xbox games for easy gamerscore
  • Does not seem to be available for UK users?