In a press release cunningly timed to coincide with this morning’s IEAA announcement, Microsoft dropped some interesting Xbox Live stats. Did you know that Xbox Live membership in Australia grew by 88% in 2008? How about that Australians spent 27 million hours on Live during the last twelve months? Or that we downloaded 4.2 million, er… downloadable things? Well, now you do.
It’s probably worth mentioning that there are now over 500,000 Xbox 360s in the country, with over half of those connected to Xbox Live. But still, a measly 250,000 out of a worldwide total of 17 million goes some way to explain why it’s such a bitch to find a local online game of Gears of War 2.