This weekend, two of Xbox’s most legendary franchises converge in New Orleans for a unique, crossover esports event. From Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 at the New Orleans Convention Center, Major League Gaming (MLG), The Coalition and 343 Industries will host simultaneous standalone tournaments for the Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series, where the best players from both franchises compete for separate, $250,000 prize pools.
Featuring hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open brackets, the joint tournament is sure to feature non-stop spectacle for fans of both franchises. The competition kicks of this Friday at 2 p.m. CDT/12 p.m. PDT, streaming live on live.gearsofwar.com, Mixer.com/Halo, Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitter and Facebook. If you’re interested in attending in-person, spectator tickets are still available online or onsite during the event.
This Gears Pro Circuit event is one of the most anticipated in the program’s history. Ghost Gaming claimed their first Gears Pro Circuit title last month in Las Vegas, putting the entire scene on notice. Heavyweights OpTic Gaming and Echo Fox have both retooled their rosters in response, hoping to recapture their early-season dominance in New Orleans.
Coming off the million-dollar Halo World Championship 2018 Finals in Seattle, New Orleans marks the next chapter in the storied Halo esports legacy. As the first event of the new Halo Championship Series season, pro Halo squads are raring to get back onto the battlefield. Powerhouses like TOX Gaming and newly-crowned Splyce look to continue their run of dominance, but will have to contend with exciting variables like new settings, Forge maps and the introduction of Oddball in Halo 5: Guardians play. These new additions promise to add intrigue to a jam-packed New Orleans event, with new contenders looking to threaten the throne.
In addition to the main festivities, there will be a $5,000 Halo 5: Guardians Free-For-All tournament available for anyone on site in New Orleans at no extra cost. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. CDT on Saturday, July 14, with the final match played on main stage on Sunday, July 15. Whether you’re a spectator, Halo player or even a Gears player, you can register and enter the fray this weekend!
Players looking to jump into the action themselves can check out the Gears and Halo sale in the Microsoft Store from July 13-19, offering Gears of War 4 for $19.99, Halo 5: Guardians for $14.99 and a bundle featuring both titles for $34.99. Additionally, Gears players will have the chance to earn free in-game weapon skins throughout the weekend simply for tuning in and watching at live.gearsofwar.com.
Visit www.gears.gg and follow @EsportsGears on Twitter to keep up-to-date with Gears Pro Circuit. For all the latest on the Halo Championship Series, keep your browsers locked to Halo.gg and follow @HCS and @Halo on Twitter.