Xbox LIVE members worldwide set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous online 100m sprint, with more than 10,000 participants using Kinect Sports.
The record took place during the Xbox Nations Free LIVE Weekend on 23 April, where people got to access numerous Xbox LIVE services for free.
“We’re thrilled to hold a Guinness World Record title for the largest online 100-metre sprint,” said Stephen McGill, director of Xbox and Entertainment for Microsoft’s Retail Sales and Marketing Division of the UK and Ireland.
“Breaking a Guinness World Record is such a massive milestone and we’re pleased that we had the chance to do this in partnership with the Xbox LIVE community, following our record-breaking launch of Kinect, which was named the fastest-selling consumer electronics device by Guinness, as well.”
Some 10,539 people took part in the world-record attempt. Irish GAA players were also assembled for a friendly competition for gold medals at a Kinect Sports Superstars event, including Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Cork footballer Eoin Cadogan, to set the benchmark for Irish Xbox LIVE members to match.
Brogan got the gold medal by running 100 metres in 9.37 seconds, followed by Cadogan at 9.60 seconds.
“Congratulations to the crew from Xbox LIVE and most importantly, the thousands of Xbox LIVE members from across the globe who got up off their sofas to create this new Guinness World Record for the largest-ever online sprint,” said Gaz Deaves, editor of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2011.
The new record will be included in the next edition of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.