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This Week on Xbox: May 19

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Looter-Shooter Shadow Warrior 2 Available Now on Xbox One Shadow Warrior 2 is a work of love and fathered by Flying Wild Hog, a company of game industry veterans with expertise in first-person shooters. For eight years the... Read more

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NBA Playgrounds Available Now on Xbox One

Lace up your shoes, chalk up your controllers, and jump back onto the arcade basketball court today with NBA Playgrounds, a fast-paced 2-on-2 NBA game for Xbox One featuring a roster of legendary and current players. With support for both local and online play, gather your friends for a nostalgic arcade experience. Not only is the game of basketball well represented here, featuring all current NBA teams and a massive roster of players to choose from, including many superstars the sport has produced throughout its history, there's also the fine attention to the detail in the player models to appreciate. Details like Harden's beard, Iverson's headband, and Magic's short shorts are just... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: May 5

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Gears of War 4 May Update Includes a New Map from The Coalition and Rebirth of a Carmine The May content update arrives tomorrow, May 2, packed full of surprises for Gears of War 4 fans! Strap in as we unveil a new original... Read more

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Watch the Gears Pro Circuit Paris Open this Weekend

Gears Esports makes its way back to Europe this weekend with the Gears Pro Circuit Paris Open! With a $100,000 prize pool, and 32 teams of the best Gears of War teams from around the world expected to make the trip, the event promises to be one of the best ever in the European region for Gears Esports.  Fans who can’t make the event can tune in this weekend for a chance to obtain two exclusive fan voted weapon skins from community members ‘I AM AD0PTED’ and ‘YJeter’ along with other great prizes including consoles and elite controllers! Tune in Friday at 4 PM CEST (7 AM PST/10 AM EST), Saturday at 10 AM (1 AM PST/4 AM EST), and Sunday at 10 AM (1 AM PST/4 AM EST)... Read more

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New Rewards for Playing Free to Play Games on Xbox One

FREEdom Rewards is back with special limited-time offers, exclusive prizes, and tried-and-true favorites offering something for everyone to enjoy! Play the games you want and craft your ideal reward in Xbox Live Rewards Credits that can be used to buy movies, games, shows and more from the Xbox Store. Turn your dedication into dollars and get more of what you want. The more you do, the more you get, and who doesn’t like getting more? Check out our exclusive rewards on featured games and ways you can earn just by playing any one of the Free to Play games on Xbox One. Start playing, have fun, and earn your way to glory! Exclusive Rewards for Featured Games From now until June 15, we... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: April 14

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Beam Streaming, Game Mode, and More Begin Rolling Out Today with the Windows 10 Creators Update Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best version of Windows for gaming. Today, PC gaming gets even better for Windows... Read more

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Great Deals During the Spring Sale, April 11 – 17

Starting tomorrow, April 11, fans can take advantage of the Spring Sale on Xbox with deals on more than 350 games, Xbox accessories, movies & TV shows, music and apps. For the gamer, the Spring Sale includes deals for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 10. Xbox games are up to 67% off and an additional 10% off for Xbox Live Gold members. Popular titles and add-ons include Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, Overwatch, For Honor, and many more! If that’s not enough, choose from over 35 Backward Compatible titles on sale! Not an Xbox Live Gold member yet? Sign in to Xbox.com and go Gold for $1 for the first month of membership until April 17th to save... Read more

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OpTic Gaming Conquers Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open

All bets were off this past weekend as the Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open welcomed over 60 teams to the Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, battling it out over a $200,000 prize pool and bragging rights as the best team in the Gears of War 4 esports scene. In the end, OpTic Gaming emerged victorious to claim the crown for the fourth time in the Gears Pro Circuit, wrapping up an intense weekend full of upsets, drama and excitement. Following an incredible two days of preliminary action, which included some of the biggest names in professional gaming, six teams remained come Sunday, with OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs grinding their way to the Grand Finals. The Grand Finals... Read more

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Watch the Best Gears Pro Circuit Players Compete in Atlantic City this Weekend

This weekend sees the Gears Pro Circuit roadie run into Atlantic City for the first time, as Caesars Entertainment, in association with Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC), presents the Gears of War 4 Open LAN event at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. With over 64 teams converging on Atlantic City this weekend, the Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open will play host to some of the best amateur and professional Gears of War 4 talent from around the world, including New Jersey local Edwin “Demo” Perez from team eUnited who will compete for a share of the $200,000 prize pool. Watch the video above to learn how “Demo” found himself amongst the best Gears of War players in... Read more

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Record-Breaking Halo World Championship 2017 Comes to a Finish

After three days of incredible, nail-biting competition between the 12 best teams from around the globe, the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals by ESL has come to a close, breaking viewership records along the way. Hundreds of teams and thousands of players competed to qualify, but ultimately only one team would be crowned Halo World Champion. In the end, the players who claimed the 2016 championship title were victorious once more: OpTic Gaming’s Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom, TJ “Lethul” Campbell, Mathew “Royal 2” Fiorante, Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte and Coach Chris “Royal 1” Fiorante brought the #Greenwall a victory in the form of a convincing 4-0 finish against... Read more

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Tune-in Today to the Halo World Championship 2017

Get ready for the biggest Halo esports tournament of the year! Today marks the beginning of the Halo World Championship 2017 finals, where 12 worthy contending teams from around the world have come to ESL Studios in Burbank, CA to compete for $1,000,000 in prizing and the title of Halo World Champion. The competition kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT, where Team EnVyUs and Splyce will face off in the first match of the day. We’ll be streaming live on Beam.pro/Halo, Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitter and Facebook, as well as side streams on Beam.pro/HaloWC2, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo and Facebook.com/ESLHalo. If you haven’t been following the tournament so far, don’t worry – check out... Read more

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Gamers Outreach and Team Xbox Deliver Record Number of Next Generation Gaming Kiosks to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Yesterday afternoon, at an event at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Team Xbox was proud to join Gamers Outreach to deliver ten next generation “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts), medical-grade gaming kiosks which provide recreation through video games to Seattle children undergoing hospital treatments. Provided by donations from the Xbox community, the ten new GO Karts are the biggest donation in Gamers Outreach history and come equipped with an Xbox One, monitor, controllers, and an assortment of games to help provide patients with a familiar social environment through gameplay. “I have the pleasure of working with patients and their families in the ICU and often use the GO... Read more

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The World’s Best Halo Teams Compete this Weekend at Halo World Championship 2017

The wait is over. The twists and turns of the road to the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals have all lead to this moment, where 12 of the world’s greatest Halo teams will vie for greatness, glory and a million-dollar payout. Will OpTic Gaming continue their dominance and give each of their squad members a second-straight championship? Will an international team shock the world with a top finish? The answers to these questions, and many, many more, lie in the midst of the incredible action that will unfold this weekend in sunny California. We’ve got everything you need to wrap your head around all the madness right here, so let’s get started! Who is competing at Halo World... Read more

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17th Annual Women in Gaming Luncheon Encourages Women to “Be You”

Team Xbox was proud to sponsor the 17th Annual Women in Gaming luncheon, held last week during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Over 400 women attended to connect with friends, meet new people and celebrate their accomplishments. The theme “Be You” was a call to empower attendees to celebrate their authentic selves and skills they bring to the game industry every day. The event was moderated by the vibrant Erin Wayne from Twitch, with five incredible speakers from across the games industry offered their inspiring stories of how “being themselves” led to success.  Read on to learn about this year’s speakers, or watch the full stream on demand on Beam and... Read more

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PAX East 2017: Win a Custom Controller, Attend “Major Nelson Radio” Live

Team Xbox will be rolling into PAX East this year and we'll showcase several exciting game demos, hosting intriguing panels, and throwing some epic sweepstakes full of special edition goodies and more. If you're attending one of the greatest gaming trade shows, be sure to stop by the Xbox booth to see Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, and Mass Effect Andromeda to name just a few of the premiere Xbox One games you'll have a chance to play. When you stop by our Xbox booth at PAX East, you'll have a chance to buy some awesome Xbox gear, like special edition t-shirts featuring the likes of Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, and Minecraft. These shirts will only be available at PAX East and select Xbox... Read more

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Celebrating Award Winning ID@Xbox Games From 2016

This past year we have experienced an embarrassment of riches with the quantity of incredibly high-quality games that have shipped through ID@Xbox -- everything from deep, immersive narrative experiences to amazingly addictive party games. This week we wanted to highlight just a few of the award winning and nominated ID@Xbox titles that came out in 2016; they’re all on sale right now so there’s no better time to check out any of these fantastic games that you may have missed. Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter, an action adventure role-playing game with a unique modern/retro visual style picked up the awards for Excellence in Visual Art and the Audience Award at this week’s 19th... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: March 3

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Introducing Xbox Game Pass: Unlimited Access to More Than 100 Games At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you... Read more

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New Investments for Xbox Developers and Gamers Kick Off GDC 2017

I love the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I just love it; the games, the people, the energy – GDC is one of the things that just makes you feel great about being in the game industry. It means so much to me personally, and also professionally as a proud member of Team Xbox. For the Xbox team, GDC is among the best times to highlight new games – and there are some awesome new titles coming this year to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC through ID@Xbox – and it’s also a great place to catch up with new developers and old friends, listen to their feedback about all corners of Xbox, and also share a few pieces of news we hope fans will enjoy. We have a few major... Read more

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