Microsoft Kills Xbox Fitness Community, Internet Gets Mad

Next year's termination of Xbox Fitness leaves users furious and sad

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Jun 29, 2016 at 10:32 AM ET

Microsoft announced on Monday that its Xbox Fitness program—whose workout videos led by celebrity trainers (and NFL star J.J. Watt) allowed people to exercise at home with their gaming console—was being put out to pasture, with no new subscribers being accepted and all content being discontinued on July 1, 2017.

Even though Microsoft’s own press release routinely uses the word “purchase” (four times, to be precise), apparently that wasn’t true. Purchase implies ownership; terminating access implies that this was a subscription all along. There has been no mention of a refund to date. As SportTechie writes, “The announcement is a harsh reminder that you don’t actually own any of your digital content through the Xbox Store.”

People are incensed. As of this writing, Microsoft’s announcement had attracted 402 comments from outraged users. Someone who goes by the name llQuickSilverll summarized the feeling: “I bought 140$+ worth of content just this year… …I don’t want a refund, I want to be able to continue to use what I PAID for !!!!!!!!!!!”

Like any spurned community, there are calls to action on that page and in the forums. What would the internet even be without a petition, right? As of Wednesday morning, 853 people had voted in support of the motion, “Do not shut down Xbox Fitness.”

Most of the comments are filled with anger and hurl blame at Microsoft.

But, read further, and there are some touching posts from users who claim Xbox Fitness has been nothing short of life-changing.

And, of course, because this is 21st century America, there is a call for a lawsuit.