Christmas day! So many kids, and many more adults, opened their new video game consoles, only to find that things didn’t work as expected. Thanks to a hacker group called the Lizard Squad, both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were taken down by DDOS attacks. I’m sorry, allegedly taken down by the Lizard Squad….
Apparently, thanks to Mega Upload founder Kim Dotcom, the Lizards let up, allowing the game networks to come back online. Regardless, many gamers Christmas’ were left negatively affected.
Sony is trying to make it up, at least a little bit, to it’s users. In a blog post yesterday, Eric Lempel, a VP at Sony Network Entertainment posted a special offer to Sony PlayStation users.
Happy New Year! Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience by offering all PlayStation Plus members that had an active membership or free trial on December 25th a membership extension of five days. The extension will be automatically applied, so no action is necessary to receive the extension. We will post additional information here on PlayStation.Blog when the extension becomes available. If your membership or trial ends before the extension is available, you will receive five days of Plus to enjoy once the extension becomes available (we will notify you when).
In addition, sometime this month we will announce that for a limited time, we will be offering a 10 percent discount code good for a one-time discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store as a thank you to all PSN members.
This discount can be used toward content available on PS Store including blockbuster new releases, award winning indie games, game add-ons and season passes, and an enormous selection of TV and Movies.
While it may not be enough to make up for the ruined Christmas of so many gamers, it’s nice to see the victim of an attack trying to make things right for it’s customers.