General FAQ

What is Gears 5 Esports?

The Coalition and Gears Esports, in partnership with PGL, are excited to announce the 2019-2020 Season of Gears 5 Esports.

Kicking off with the launch of Gears 5 worldwide on September 10th for Xbox One, Windows 10, and with Xbox Game Pass, players from all over the world will be able to sign up and compete in regional ladders and online tournaments for weekly cash prizes. The top teams from every region – North America, Central America, Europe, Asia Pacific and, now, South America – will also be awarded with travel awards to major international events, where they’ll have the opportunity to play for massive prize pools against the top teams in the game.

The 2019-2020 Season will feature three major events leading into a World Championship, as well as a number of regional events. Keeping in step with previous seasons, every major event will be open to all teams, meaning anyone has the chance to walk home with the trophy, and include side-tournaments with their own prizing. Attend as a spectator, a player new to the scene or a Gears vet and experience the passion and excitement that sets Gears apart.

New for Gears 5, the very best teams from North America, Central America and Europe can also qualify for an online Pro League. In addition to guaranteed prizing for qualifying, every Pro League team is automatically provided with travel awards to major events and the opportunity to compete for divisional prize pools. Teams that qualify for the Pro League will be removed from regional ladders and will be ineligible for weekly online tournaments, allowing new teams to rise to the top. Throughout the season, these top amateur teams will have the opportunity to break into the Pro League via online qualification, while the lowest ranking Pro League teams from each division will be forced to fight for their spots.

What game modes will be played?

Gears 5 Esports will be played on Escalation.

How old do I need to be to participate in Gears 5 Esports?

Players 18 years of age or older are eligible to compete in all online and live events, including Pro League.

Players 17 years of age may participate in all live events and online competitions, including Pro League, with parental consent.

Players 16 years of age may compete in all other online competitions with parental consent. These players may also compete in live events with parental consent unless prohibited by local law, which is currently the case for events in Mexico.

Players aged 13 to 15 may compete in online competition with parental consent, but are not eligible to compete in Pro League. These players may also attend live events as a spectator with the direct supervision of a parent or guardian, however they are not eligible to compete.

What maps should I practice at launch?

The 2019-2020 Gears Esports season will be kicking off in conjunction with the release of Gears 5. All 7 launch maps will be eligible for competitive online play beginning September 22nd, 2019.

The starting map list for Gears 5 Esports can be found here.

What region do I belong in?

To ensure the competitive integrity of the program and best experience for all players, Gears 5 Esports will support five competitive regions. All team members must reside in the same region. Please review the following link to confirm what region you belong to.

Whom should I reach out to for help with travel awards?

Please reach out to hospitality@pglesports.com.

Online Platform

How do I sign up?

Go to play.gears.gg

In the top right corner, click on ‘Login’

You will be prompted to login with your Microsoft Xbox Live account:

After successfully logging in to your Xbox Live account, you will be redirected to the Online Platform to finalize account details.

Once you complete this step, you’re set and can begin using the Online Platform.

How do I create a team?

In the top right corner, click on your profile

Click on ‘My Teams’

Click ‘Create’

Fill in relevant details, and hit ‘Create’

How do I add players to my team?

On the top right corner, click on your profile

Click on ‘My Teams’

Under the ‘Invite Player’ section, you will find an invitation link that you can send out to anyone you wish to join your team. You can also see pending and refused requests in the same section:

How do I assign a team manager or coach?

On the top right corner, click on your profile

Click on ‘My Teams’

Under the ‘Roster’ section, you may change the manager or coach by clicking on the pencil icon as shown:

Can I join a team outside of my region?

No. You must create or join teams only in your region.

Can I connect my team/org’s social media on the online platform?

Yes.

On the top right corner, click on your profile

Click on ‘My Teams’

Under the ‘Info’ section, you have the option of linking your social media and streaming profiles.

Can I be a part of multiple Teams at the same time?

Yes, you can only be signed up to any competition with a single team. For instance, you could not be on two teams competing on your regional ladder, but you could be on one team for the ladder and another for the weekly tournament. You can view all your teams under the 'My Teams' section.

What are roster rules for online competition?

Roster rules can be found here.

I’m too young to compete in live events, does that mean I can’t win travel?

Yes, in the event that one or more Players on a Team don't meet the minimum age to attend the live event in question, they will be required to take the cash prizing option.

How do I record video clips?

Please visit this page.

How do I share video clips?

Please visit this page.

Ladders

What is a ladder?

Ladders let participants challenge each other, play matches, earn points and climb in ranking. Regional Ladders will be used to qualify teams for Travel Prizing to Major Events and Pro League eligibility in the applicable regions. Ladder standings will also be used to establish seeding at Events.

How old do I need to be to compete on the ladders?

Players aged 18 and above may compete in ladders.

Players aged 13 to 17 may compete in ladders with parental consent.

How do I join a ladder?

Go to play.gears.gg and make sure you're logged in.

Click on Online, and then select your region.

If ladder registrations are open, you should be able to sign your team up.

What are the roster restrictions for a ladder team?

Teams participating in Ladder competition can make as many roster changes as they’d like, however they must have a minimum of 3 Players that have been a Player on that Team for at least 1 week. Leaving the Team is forbidden if it cannot ensure this state. Teams or Players wishing to change their rosters in this instance will need to contact the Administration via Discord.

The global roster rules hold good for ladder teams.

Pro League teams are prohibited from competing in the Challenger Ladders.

Can I compete with my ladder team in online tournaments and at live events?

Yes, you can register for both online tournaments and live events with the same team you registered for the ladder with.

How do I challenge another team? What are the rules to challenging another team?

“Challenges” aim to pair two teams together. Once a pairing has been made, a match is created, and the teams are able to play then report the result.

A Challenge is performed by targeting another participant in the ranking.

Teams will be Seeded based on their Ladder rank, with the top two teams getting a first round bye.

Travel awards (travel and accommodations) are only included for 5 Players.

For more info, click here.

When do ladders reset?

In North America, Latin America and Europe, the Ladder will reset at the end of the Pro League Qualification.

In South America and Asia Pacific, the Ladder will reset on the first day of Pro League Qualification.

Pro League

What is the Pro League?

The Pro League will consist of 4 Divisions: North America Alpha, North America Bravo, Latin America and Europe, and each Division will have 4 teams.

Each Quarter begins with an Online Qualification period, during which time the top Challenger teams will compete for the opportunity to join the Pro League. Once Pro League Divisions have been established, teams in each Division will compete against each other in Online and/or Live competition for cash and seeding at the next Major Event.

Do all regions have Pro League?

Currently, the Pro League is limited to North America, Latin America and Europe.

How old do I need to be to compete in the Pro League?

For detailed information on how to qualify, click here.

Am I allowed to compete in other Gears Esports competitions if I qualify for the Pro League?

Pro League teams will be eligible to compete in Global Ladders, but not in regional ladders or weekly tournaments.

Live LAN Events

How old do I need to be to play in Live LAN events?

Players 18 years of age or older are eligible to compete in live events.

Players 17 years of age may participate in all live events with parental consent.

Players 16 years of age may also compete in live events with parental consent unless prohibited by local law, which is currently the case for events in Mexico.

Players aged 13 to 15 may attend live events as a spectator with the direct supervision of a parent or guardian, however they are not eligible to compete.

When is the first Major?

Dec 6th-8th, 2019 at San Diego, California. More details coming soon.

I want to know more about event rules and information.

All details about Major LAN events will be featured on individual event pages closer to the event. Stay tuned for more information!