The Coalition believes that playing and watching Gears of War Esports should be a friendly, fun, inclusive, and safe experience for all participants and attendees.

We seek to build and maintain a respectful environment and community for anyone that wishes to participate in or enjoy our Esports events and related activities.


Participants (a player, coach, team manager and/or any person affiliated with Team Organization) must comply with this code of conduct as well as the Microsoft Studios Esports Code of Conduct when participating in, attending, viewing or messaging others on social media about Gears of War Esports events or promotions. These include

  • Online tournaments (for instance open tournaments, qualifying tournaments, invitational tournaments)
  • Online ladders 
  • Live events (for instance showcase matches, playtests, LAN competitions)
  • Any related activity on a Microsoft or other platform including but not limited to scrims, streaming, social media and messaging services


Required conduct

When participating in or communicating about Gears of War Esports events or promotions, participants must:

  • Maintain the highest standards of integrity and follow the spirit of fair play. 
  • Act in a manner that is respectful of other participants, attendees, viewers, as well as tournament and the Coalition staff
  • Behave in a manner that is consistent with and reflects the best interests of Gears of War and Gears of War Esports


Prohibited conduct

The Coalition does not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, messages, images, or interactions by any participant in any form at any time during or after any part of an event or livestream or on social media channels. Nor do we tolerate any behavior that is degrading to any gender, race, sexual orientation or disability.  Participants should never behave in any way, or make any comments or statements to any individual or group, that would constitute:

  • Hate speech or discriminatory behavior
  • Violent or physical aggression or behavior
  • Threats
  • Sexual harassment of any kind
  • Racist or sexist words, phrases, or gestures
  • Extreme profanity
  • Defamation, libel or slander
  • Any “sound-alike” or “look-alike” words or phrases that reference these topics
  • Any other type of conduct deemed to be inappropriate at the discretion of the event administrators or organizers


At all times players are expected to be respectful of the staff of event administrators, organizers, sponsors, and/or partners.

No form of cheating will be tolerated. This includes software modification, hardware modification, match fixing, hacking, exploiting game glitches, impersonation (including playing under another player’s account), collusion, or any other behavior as determined by the Administration or the tournament organizer.

Participants may not intentionally delay or slow gameplay, including but not limited to stalling, disconnecting network cables, interruption of network connectivity, or any other known or unknown manner of tampering with gameplay.


No Drugs or Alcohol

The use of drugs or alcohol may lead to disruptive behavior. Participants, attendees or viewers believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during tournament hours may be removed from the tournament or livestream at the discretion of the tournament organizer or The Coalition. No references to illegal substances will be tolerated. 


Penalties and Disciplinary Action

Participants engaging in conduct which contravenes this code of conduct will be temporarily or permanently prevented from participating in, attending and/or viewing Gears of War Esports events or promotions. In addition, the Coalition and/or tournament organizer can, at its sole discretion, take the following disciplinary actions depending on the severity of the infraction: 

  • Partial or full removal of Gears Pro Points
  • Instant removal from an online or live tournament or event
  • Partial or full removal of travel coverage
  • Suspension or ban from some or all Gears Pro Circuit events
  • Withholding of partial or full prize money
  • Pursue prosecution with the law or authoritative bodies for any illegal activities
  • Temporary or permanent suspension from: Xbox Live, Gears of War game platforms and services, and/or participation in Gears Esports, Gears of War, and/or Microsoft online or live tournaments or events
  • Pursue prosecution with the law or authoritative bodies for any illegal activities


The Coalition reserves the right to update or change this Code of Conduct at any time.

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