Esports Program Update

Oct 17th, 2019 Update

Thanks once more everyone who continues to compete in the weekly online tournaments and ladders, and those who have taken the time to provide feedback via email. All feedback is taken into consideration, and your continued support and patience is appreciated.

In response to questions and concern around the Pro League qualification spots tied to the ladder, we will be postponing the Ladder Playoff to next Saturday, October 26th. This will allow those attempting to qualify for the Pro League through Challenger Points to focus on the final qualification tournament this Sunday. All other teams will have another week to achieve a top 6 placement on the ladder. The qualification lock for the ladder playoff will now take place on Thursday, October 24th at 11:59 PM PT, at which time PGL admins will reach out to the team managers of the top 6 teams on each ladder via email to confirm they meet the eligibility requirements. As Pro League play will officially begin next Sunday with the North American divisions, all aspiring North American Pro League teams must be prepared to play as early as 10:00 AM PT on Sunday, October 27th, while European teams will be expected to compete at 6:00 PM/8:00 PM GMT on Monday, October 28th and Latin American teams at 6:00 PM/8:00 PM CT.

Online tournament cash prizing ($250 USD per team) will be awarded following the final tournament each month, with September’s payments being made at the end of October. On the Monday after each online tournament, PGL will send an email to all winning players to collect the information required to process prizing, and links to forms that will need to be digitally signed. Players over the age of 18 will also be required to provide a copy of their photo ID card to payments@pglesports.com, while players under the age of 18 will be required to provide a signed parental consent form. Players on teams that have already won a weekly online tournament will be contacted in the coming days to get this process started. After the final online tournament each month, PGL will send a ‘Prize winner declaration and release’ form to all winners for signatures, which will contain all the prizing won during that month. Payments will be made within 30 days of all forms having been signed and received.

Please follow Gears Esports on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all program news and announcements, and join PGL’s Discord channel to find admin support, free agents/teammates, immediate ladder matches, scrims and more. We also encourage any players having issues with admin support on Discord or would like to provide feedback to reach out to gearsesports@microsoft.com.

 

Oct 11th, 2019 Update


Thank you again those who took the time to submit feedback over email. All feedback is appreciated, along with your patience and support.

There are only a couple weeks left in Pro League qualification, and although the divisions are beginning to take shape, there’s still plenty of spots left to be determined. We have also addressed all seeding issues from previous tournaments.

While the ladder match finder is taking a bit longer to develop than initially expected, the regional ladders remain the only way for teams to qualify the final spot in each Pro League division. The qualification lock will take place on Thursday, October 17th, at 11:59 PM PT, at which time PGL admins will reach out to the team managers of the top 6 teams on each ladder via email to confirm they meet the eligibility requirements. The double elimination tournament will then commence on Saturday, October 19th at the same time as the weekly tournaments (11 AM in your region). Any team that has already secured a spot in the Pro League via Challenger Points will not be eligible to compete in the ladder playoff. Reminder that all players must be 17 years or older to qualify for the Pro League.

We’re excited to announce our broadcast programming for the 2019-2020 Gears 5 Esports season in the coming weeks. In the meantime, all aspiring Pro League teams should be prepared to play their matches during the scheduled times for their region. These times are:

  • North America (Alpha and Bravo) – Sundays at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM PT
  • Europe – Mondays at 6PM and 8PM GMT
  • Latin America – Mondays at 6PM and 8PM CT

This week we announced details regarding the Microsoft Store programming for the start of the 2019-2020 Gears 5 Esports season. In response to questions concerning Pro Player involvement with these tournaments; Pro Players will be allowed to compete in these events, as there are no Challenger Points at stake. To keep things as relatively balanced as possible, any given team will be allowed a maximum of two current Pro Players on their roster. Please note that since Pro Players will be required to compete with their roster at the Mexico City Major in March, if a team with any Pro Players on it wins the final playoff event in February, they’ll be required to take the $2,500 cash option in lieu of travel coverage.

In addition to a number of other activations we can’t wait to announce in the European region, the flagship Microsoft Store in London has been added to the roster of stores in the Microsoft Store program. Although London players will be awarded with the same individual event prizes as those playing in North American locations, they will not be eligible to compete in the final playoff for travel coverage to the Mexico City Major in March due to challenges with time zones and latency. Please visit this page for more details.

In response to questions around travel coverage – a single team is only eligible to receive travel coverage for a single event. As players can be on multiple teams, this means that if a player has already qualified for travel coverage through a regional event, ladder or based on their Challenger Points, any other team that player is on will be ineligible for travel prizing.

Please follow Gears Esports on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all program news and announcements, and join the PGL’s Discord channel to find admin support, free agents/teammates, immediate ladder matches, scrims and more. We also encourage any players having issues with admin support on Discord or would like to provide feedback to reach out to gearsesports@microsoft.com.


Oct 4th, 2019 Update


Thank you once more everyone who has registered on play.gears.gg, and those who took the time to provide us with constructive feedback via email. We’re busy working with our partners to improve the player experience, and appreciate your patience and support.

In order to avoid delays, ensure the weekly online tournaments run in a timely fashion, and help PGL admins better perform their duties, all teams will be expected to complete their matches for each round by a specified time. These times, along with tournament registration deadlines and tournament starting times can be found in section 7.2.3 of the handbook. If a match result hasn’t been posted 15 minutes prior to the established end time for a given round, admins will reach out to team managers over Discord and Xbox Live using the Gamertag ‘PGL Gears Admin’. If admins do not receive a response within 10 minutes they will email the teams. If there’s still no response when the established time limit is hit, both teams will receive a forfeit.

After listening to feedback from the community, all quarter final matches are now to be played as best of 3. While we understand a number of teams would prefer to play earlier rounds as best of 3, we need to make sure that tournaments are being completed in a timely manner. As such, if a match is found to be delayed because teams opted to play best of 3 prior to the quarter finals then both teams will be disqualified from the competition.

It has also come to our attention that some teams falsely reported wins during last weekend’s tournament. This is both disappointing and unacceptable. As such, any team found guilty of falsely reporting a win moving forward will be immediately disqualified from the competition, have all of their Challenger Points removed, and all players will be banned from competing the following week.

All teams are strongly encouraged to review the handbook in its entirety prior to their next match, whether that be on the ladders or in this weekend’s online tournament.

Follow Gears Esports on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all program news and announcements, and join the PGL’s Discord channel to find admin support, free agents/teammates, immediate ladder matches, scrims and more. We also encourage any players having issues with admin support on Discord or would like to provide feedback to reach out to gearsesports@microsoft.com.

Sept 24th, 2019 Update


Thank you everyone who registered on the Online Platform and participated in the first weekly tournament of the 2019-2020 Gears 5 season. We understand there were some issues, which we’re working with our partners to resolve over the coming weeks, and we will make sure that we are doing our best to maintain competitive integrity throughout the process. As a token of our appreciation for your support, we’ll be entitling a unique Gears Esports mark to the account of everyone who has registered on the Gears Esports Online Platform. We will announce on @EsportsGears once these entitlements have been completed.


In response to feedback concerning Xbox Live communications, all match relevant discussion, including Ladder match scheduling and map pick/bans, will take place on the PGL’s Discord channel. Beginning Thursday, Team Managers must provide a Discord username upon registering for a competition and use Discord to establish match related communications. The appropriate Discord usernames for each team will be visible in the match screen for the teams competing, along with Gamertags to allow teams to verify rosters.

Given the potential impact that last weekend’s issues could have on the Pro League seeding process, we’re adding another week to Pro League qualification. The final Online Qualifier tournament will take place on Sunday, October 20th, with Pro League play starting the following weekend.

In addition to other upcoming improvements to the online platform, such as a ladder match finder with hidden team names, regional Challenger Points leaderboards will be launching soon. Until then, Challenger Point standings for each region can be found here.

Follow Gears Esports on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all program news and announcements, and join the PGL’s Discord channel to find admin support, free agents/teammates, immediate ladder matches, scrims and more. We also encourage any players having issues with admin support on Discord to reach out to gearsesports@microsoft.com.