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343 Industries and Major League Gaming Announce New Partnership for Halo Esports

Following one of the biggest years in Halo esports history with record viewership and participation, we’re excited to announce a new partnership between 343 Industries and Major League Gaming (MLG) to take the Halo Championship Series (HCS) to the next level. The HCS league and brand were born out of the desire to create a platform for the best Halo players in the world - to tell their stories and provide a stage for their incredible talent. It’s an investment back into the Halo community, honoring Halo’s rich esports legacy while laying the groundwork for Halo titles and Halo esports as a whole. For most of 2017, the HCS team at 343 Industries have been hard at work on some... Read more: 343 Industries and Major League Gaming Announce New Partnership for Halo Esports

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Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards

The Game Awards is designed to recognize the creative and technical excellence in the video game industry, bringing together a diverse group of players, developers, and culture to celebrate gaming as the most immersive and inspiring form of entertainment. Tonight's show was full of new reveals, awards, and recognition. We got our first look at the next game from Campo Santo, creators of Firewatch, revealing the exploration adventure In the Valley of Gods, as well as the debut footage of Soul Calibur VI. Finally, legendary game developer Carol Saw was given the Industry Icon Award for her contributions to the history of games. A number of great games that you can play on Xbox One also... Read more: Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards

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GDC 2018: Save the Date for Gaming for Everyone Community Events

GDC 2018 is just a few months away and Xbox is excited to be back with a full week of community events, including the first ever Gaming & Disability mixer for everyone interested in meeting the people who are working to make gaming more accessible. All events are free to attend with registration to open in the new year – so mark your calendars now! Tuesday, March 20 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 18th Annual Women in Gaming Rally, 12 pm – 9 pm (more details below) 1st Annual Gaming and Disability Reception, 7 pm – 9 pm Wednesday, March 21 at 1111 Minna Gallery 2nd Annual LGBTQ in Gaming, 12 pm – 3 pm 13th Annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room, 4 pm –... Read more: GDC 2018: Save the Date for Gaming for Everyone Community Events

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Gears of War Esports Season 2 kicks off with the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open

Gears Pro Circuit Season 2 officially gets underway this weekend with the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open. This jam-packed open event will feature the world’s top Gears of War teams competing for a $300,000 prize pool from December 1st – 3rd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Tune in to see if Optic Gaming will continue to dominate the competition against challengers from Echo Fox and Ghost Gaming or if one of the open bracket teams can rise to the occasion and take home the title. Watch all of the action at http://live.gearsofwar.com starting at 3 p.m. EST on Friday, then again on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. EST, to see what makes Gears of War the... Read more: Gears of War Esports Season 2 kicks off with the Gears Pro Circuit Dallas Open

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Black Friday Deals: Xbox One S Lowest Price Ever at $189, Gold & Xbox Game Pass for $1 each, Up to 65% Off Games, Accessories & More

Xbox has you covered this Black Friday with discounts on games, accessories, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and Xbox One S at its lowest price ever. Starting at just $189 and featuring built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray playback and 4K video streaming, Xbox One S is the best value in games and entertainment. It’s where you can watch 4K movies and TV, and experience the best games of the past, present and future, with more than 1,300 Xbox games and over 220 exclusives. Xbox One S also unlocks richer, more luminous colors with High Dynamic Range (HDR) in blockbuster games like Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2 and Forza Horizon 3, each $20 off starting Nov. 23. And Black Friday starts... Read more: Black Friday Deals: Xbox One S Lowest Price Ever at $189, Gold & Xbox Game Pass for $1 each, Up to 65% Off Games, Accessories & More

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Gears of War Esports Takes Over the Flagship Microsoft Store This Weekend

This weekend, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York will host the Gears Esports Fall Regionals tournament, where some of Gears of War’s most prestigious pro teams will battle it out for a $20,000 prize pool as part of Season 2 of the Gears Pro Circuit. The flagship Microsoft Store will host the tournament on Saturday, November 11 starting at 11 a.m. EST and Sunday, November 12 starting at noon EST. Over the course of the weekend, 24 Gears teams will compete in a double elimination bracket for the $20,000. Gears of War 4 will be taking over multiple floors of the flagship store, including Mixer NYC Studio, a digital production facility specifically designed for live audience... Read more: Gears of War Esports Takes Over the Flagship Microsoft Store This Weekend

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Xbox One X Launch Events from Around the World

This week, across the world, fans flocked to special Xbox events to celebrate the highly-anticipated launch of Xbox One X. Launch festivities were captured in a live broadcast from the Mixer NYC Studio on Mixer, Xbox.com, Twitch and Facebook Live. There are some highlights below, but you can grab all of the photos from each event in the Media Assets section. Sydney, Australia The Xbox Stay N’ Play was open to the public from November 3 – 5, featuring four gaming-themed suites and a free-play lobby area. The Xbox Stay N’ Play, a boutique, gaming-themed experience, situated in front of the iconic Sydney skyline in Pirrama Park. The Xbox Stay N’ Play, a boutique,... Read more: Xbox One X Launch Events from Around the World

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Xbox and Under Armour Team Up To Create the Xbox One X “More Power” Curry 4 VIP Kit

To celebrate the launch of Xbox One X and the all-new Curry 4 from Under Armour, a showcase of premium design, innovation and performance has united to become the Xbox One X and Curry 4 “More Power” VIP Kit.  Led by Xbox and Under Armour, in collaboration with Stance, V-MODA, and Incase, the Xbox One X and Curry 4 “More Power” VIP Kit is inspired by today’s top athletes, entertainers, and influencers who enjoy playing video games and want the best experience possible. What happens when you merge the baddest footwear with the world’s most powerful console? Dropping shortly before Xbox One X, Under Armour’s Curry 4 is already making headlines as one of the hottest shoes... Read more: Xbox and Under Armour Team Up To Create the Xbox One X “More Power” Curry 4 VIP Kit

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PUBG Coming to Xbox One on December 12, 2017

Xbox fans, we know you’ve been waiting and we’re so excited to finally be able to say it – PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One as a console launch exclusive through the Xbox Game Preview program on December 12, 2017! We shared this news at Paris Games Week today, where Brendan Greene – aka PlayerUnknown – and I opened the Xbox booth with Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing. Beginning December 12, Xbox fans will be able to play PUBG while it’s still in early access through the Xbox Game Preview program. We’re approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that we’ve taken with the game on PC. As a result,... Read more: PUBG Coming to Xbox One on December 12, 2017

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Join MINECON Earth Viewing Parties at Microsoft Store!

Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the list of content creators attending viewing parties at Microsoft Store locations MINECON Earth, a livestreamed, interactive showcase of all things Minecraft, is on the horizon, and to celebrate, we’re inviting the Minecraft community to join us and watch this one-of-a-kind event at Microsoft Store viewing parties across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Also, for those of you in Atlanta, we’ll be hosting a pair of Build Battle competitions in early November, with winners taking home tickets to MINECON Earth itself! MINECON Earth Viewing Parties – Coming to a Microsoft Store Near You Viewing parties will take place across Microsoft Store... Read more: Join MINECON Earth Viewing Parties at Microsoft Store!

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Join Us for the Launch of the World’s Most Powerful Console, Xbox One X

Xbox One X launches in less than two weeks and we’re gearing up for the biggest global launch in Xbox history on November 7. We’re thrilled to get Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, into the hands of our fans, so we wanted to share some early details about how you can participate in the Xbox One X launch no matter your location. Whether you’re planning to join one of the many celebrations happening the night before launch or tuning into the live broadcast to watch it unfold on Mixer, we hope you’ll join us. Pre-Order Xbox One X Online There’s limited time remaining to pre-order Xbox One X to guarantee you can get yours on day one. Be sure to head to Xbox.com to... Read more: Join Us for the Launch of the World’s Most Powerful Console, Xbox One X

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This Week on Xbox: October 20, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 past 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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today It’s been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community... Read more: This Week on Xbox: October 20, 2017

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343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games

Today, the Halo Livestream unleashed a torrent of news bits, updates, and insight on a pretty diverse range of topics near and dear to a Halo fan’s heart – including Halo 5: Guardians’ November content “Overtime” update, important Halo esports info and news on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. There’s a lot to unpack – check out Halo Waypoint for full details and below for a quick rundown of all the amazing Halo news today. Halo Esports Updates One of the prime highlights of the stream was brand new information and updates on the immediate future of Halo esports – from upcoming championships, to local competitions, and new ways to support some of your favorite... Read more: 343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games

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Get Hands-on With Xbox One X at Microsoft Store

We’re less than a month away from the launch of the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X. Between now and launch, Microsoft Store is giving fans a chance to check out the new console on 4K displays before it releases on November 7. Join us at participating store locations, including flagship Microsoft Stores in New York and Sydney as well as Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall and Microsoft Store at University Village, and be one of the first to get hands-on with Xbox One X. We’ll also be celebrating the leadup to launch with Forza Motorsport 7 gameplay, prizes, special appearances and more! More participating locations will be added in the coming weeks, and soon you’ll... Read more: Get Hands-on With Xbox One X at Microsoft Store