Xbox and The Coalition are proud to announce the Gears eSports Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4. Gears of War players can compete in marquee live open events around the world operated by world-class tournament organizers Major League Gaming (MLG) and Gfinity for a starting $1,000,000 in cash prizes.
Players worldwide can earn “Gears Pro Points” by competing in regional MLG GameBattles online ladders and in daily and weekly tournaments. Gears Pro Points qualify players for the international circuit open LAN events that take place every 1-2 months from the Gears of War 4 game launch in October 2016 to July 2017. The Gears Pro Circuit features more international crossplay and competition than ever before in Gears of War history as top teams from North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania will qualify via Gears Pro Points to be flown around the world to compete against each other at these events. Teams that don’t qualify for the top travel spots will still be able to compete at local events or any international event of their choosing.
Gears of War players will enjoy large open events with a double elimination format playing the new Escalation competitive game mode (5v5) on Gears of War 4.
This year’s international circuit includes some exciting stops around the world including London, Paris, Columbus, Mexico City, and Las Vegas. Listing of marquee live events and prize pool breakdown:
An additional $100,000 event will take place at a surprise location plus a launch event in October 2016 for a total of 8 events over the course of 10 months. Players around the world will also be able to compete online for a starting $50,000 in online prizes for weekly tournaments.
*Jan 24th Update: We have made an adjustment to the above dates and prize pools. The Columbus, USA event, along with the $100,000 event scheduled for a surprise location, have been combined into an event that will be taking place during Spring, 2017. We are excited about the opportunity, based on community feedback, to offer a bigger Open event in North America.
Travel coverage is provided for the international Gears Pro Circuit event to reward the top teams in each region. For Columbus and Las Vegas, travel is provided for the top 4 North American teams, top 2 European teams, Top 1 Latin American team, and Top 1 Asia-Pacific-Oceania team. For London, Paris, and Mexico City, travel is provided to the top 2 International teams, and top 8 local teams within those regions.
The $1,000,000 starting prize pool is just the beginning. Gears of War fans will also be able to purchase cosmetic digital in-game content to support Gears eSports. Plus, Gears eSports will collaborate with popular eSports team organizations to bring their brands into cosmetic digital in-game content that fans can wear and equip. Gears eSports also looks forward to working with local and grassroots tournament organizers on more events during the program where players can have additional opportunities to earn Gears Pro Points.
Every week, fans from around the world can tune into the Gears eSports Weekly Broadcast by MLG featuring live showcase matches from online tournament finals and key ladder matches. These weekly fight cards will feature the most exciting and relevant matches from North America, Europe, Latin American, and Oceania, showcasing up-and-coming amateur teams and your favorite Pro Teams. The Weekly Broadcast will also highlight key players, teams, and interesting storylines from around the world.
Can’t wait for Gears of War 4 and want to starting competing in Gears this summer? MLG will be hosting a $25,000 USD Gears of War 4 launch event in October 2016. Players will be able to sign up for regional GameBattles online ladders and tournaments, and more details around qualification and the event itself will be announced in the coming weeks. The top team from each region in Europe, Latin America, and Oceania will be flown to compete against 5 North American teams to make up the 8 teams at the Gears of War 4 launch event at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Xbox and The Coalition are proud to present the largest Gears of War eSports program to date with MLG and Gfinity, and can’t wait to see all the pro and amateur teams from around the world compete for $1,000,000 throughout the year!
For more detailed information on the Gears eSports Pro Circuit and online competitions, please visit www.gears.gg. You can also follow us on Twitter at @eSportsGears and @GearsofWar or on Facebook at /GearsofWar as we share more announcements in the coming weeks and months. For more information on MLG and Gfinity, please follow them on Twitter @MLG and @Gfinity, or visit www.mlg.tv or www.gfinity.net.
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