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Fortnite Fridays Glide into Microsoft Store

All aboard the Battle Bus! Today, we’re excited to invite you to our Fortnite Fridays community nights, a weekly in-person gaming series featuring Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite Fridays begin tomorrow, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. local time at your local Microsoft Store ASUS ROG Arena. We recently announced that we’re growing the games lineup at ASUS ROG Arena to give you more opportunities to meet up and play your favorite titles, and Fortnite’s unique gameplay and rapidly expanding community make it the perfect fit. Fortnite Fridays Bring in-Person Competition to Fortnite We can’t wait to see players competing at our events with that Victory Royale on the line... Read more: Fortnite Fridays Glide into Microsoft Store

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Thank You For a Legendary Halo World Championship Season

Halo esports comes from humble beginnings. Back in 2001 for Halo: Combat Evolved, we used to lug around heavy CRT TVs and system link original Xbox consoles to compete at a friend’s house – the only prize being the title of best among your friends. Fast forward through the next couple of years – the origin story of our friends at MLG, national championships creating esports royalty out of players such as OGRE2, Walshy, Pistola -- and now, more than 10 games later – and we’ve reached the conclusion of the third Halo World Championship. This past weekend was special in many ways. The Halo World Championship was created from our desire to give the competitive Halo community a... Read more: Thank You For a Legendary Halo World Championship Season

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E3 2018: All Things Xbox

It’s that time of the year again: E3 is less than two months away! That means now is the perfect time to share more of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events. Here at Xbox, we’re hard at work getting ready for the big show. We’ll be kicking things off with our annual Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning on Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2018 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing live beginning at 1 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 10 on the official Xbox Mixer... Read more: E3 2018: All Things Xbox

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Tune-in Tomorrow to the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals

In less than 24 hours, the biggest Halo esports tournament of the year – the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals – will kick off, where the very best professional Halo teams will battle at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, WA to compete for a $1 million prize pool and the prestigious title of Halo World Champion! The competition kicks off tomorrow at 12 p.m. PDT/3 p.m. EDT with Str8 Rippin vs  Fable Esports on the Main stage, streaming live on Mixer.com/Halo, Twitch.tv/halo, Twitter and Facebook. Also, back by popular demand is the Bravo stream on Mixer.com/HCS, Twitch.tv/HCS, and MLG.tv/Halo, so all tournament matches will be broadcast in their entirety with the finest... Read more: Tune-in Tomorrow to the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals

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Xbox Ambassador Spotlight: Albert X and WhiteyBlack2

There is no doubt that residents of Puerto Rico are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but two of our Xbox Ambassadors fought through the constraints and strived to continue to help Xbox gamers in any way they could. Learn about Albert X and WhiteyBlack2 as they share how their passion for helping our community continued even through adversity. Our Ambassadors are Xbox’s biggest fans, and two Ambassadors who have proved that passion and drive are some of the strongest forces on this earth are our very own Albert X and WhiteyBlack2. These two Ambassadors continued to help Xbox gamers through one of the most life-altering events in their lives. Learn more about your... Read more: Xbox Ambassador Spotlight: Albert X and WhiteyBlack2

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Overwatch: Flash Ops Comes to Microsoft Store!

Local gaming communities across North America are in for a special treat with the introduction today of Blizzard’s Overwatch: Flash Ops, a new series of in-person celebrations that brings together Overwatch fans of all ages, interests and skill levels. Microsoft Store will be hosting Overwatch: Flash Ops community nights every Thursday at all stores in North America as part of our ASUS ROG Arena program. Meet up with other players and spectators in your local community for Arcade format matches. High-powered ASUS Republic of Gamers PCs will be provided, so all you have to do is show up! Sign up today to reserve your spot on an elite local taskforce near you starting Thursday, April... Read more: Overwatch: Flash Ops Comes to Microsoft Store!

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3rd Annual Celebrating Latinx in Gaming Reception at GDC Highlights

Team Xbox Latinx was proud to host the 3rd annual Celebrating Latinx in Gaming reception during Game Developers Conference 2018. This year we hosted 300 industry professionals and the event continues to be a place where this vibrant community can come together, network, hear from their peers and celebrate their accomplishments.   This year the event expanded and moved to Minna Gallery near Moscone Center. Featured panels highlighted Latinas in Gaming and the role of Latinx developers in game development.   Hosted by Gaby Ponce, a Program Manager at Xbox, the Latinas in Gaming panel was graced by EA's Kristie Ramirez, Cartoon Network's Caroline Guevara, and Xbox's Crystal... Read more: 3rd Annual Celebrating Latinx in Gaming Reception at GDC Highlights

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2nd Annual LGBTQIA in Gaming Reception at GDC Celebrates Industry Professionals

Team Xbox was proud to host the 2nd annual LGBTQIA in Gaming reception during GDC 2018. This year we hosted over 200 industry professionals and the event continues to be a place where this vibrant community can come together, network, hear from their peers and celebrate their accomplishments. Held at the beautiful Minna Gallery, the reception featured fireside chats hosted by Xbox team members Clark Ly and M Rawlings and included industry veterans Gordon Bellamy, Leena van Deventer and Rebecca Heineman. Starting off the event, Clark and M chatted with Gordon Bellamy who has a long and impressive resume in the industry. He discussed “coming out” at work when he was at Spike TV.... Read more: 2nd Annual LGBTQIA in Gaming Reception at GDC Celebrates Industry Professionals

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How to Make it in Esports: Pros at Esports Academy Are Sharing Their Strategies at Flagship Microsoft Store

The esports industry has a little bit of everything – fierce competition, last-minute victories and pure streaming showmanship. It might even offer the beginnings of a unique career! As part of an initiative to educate and kickstart future talent in games, the Esports Academy at the flagship Microsoft Stores in New York and Sydney will invite leading personalities and industry pros to share their knowledge in practical sessions, hands-on gameplay and much more. The Esports Academy is a great, authentic way to learn from leading industry talent, meet other gamers and have fun, whether you play casually, have questions about shoutcasting, or are simply curious as to where esports might go... Read more: How to Make it in Esports: Pros at Esports Academy Are Sharing Their Strategies at Flagship Microsoft Store

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Get Ready for the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals on April 13

After months of incredible competition in Orlando, London, Mexico City, Sydney and Columbus, hundreds of teams have been whittled down to the final 16. From April 13-15, the very best professional Halo players from around the world will compete at the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals, the biggest and most prestigious event in Halo esports! Taking place at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, WA, players will compete for their chance at a $1 million prize pool and the title of Halo World Champion. There will also be a $10,000 Free for All tournament with free registration for ticket holders taking place Saturday morning, just before the tournament begins. If you’re... Read more: Get Ready for the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals on April 13

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13th Annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room at GDC Highlights

Team Xbox was proud to once again host the annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room during Game Developers Conference 2018. More than 200 game developers and industry professionals attended for an evening of strengthening connections within the community of black game creators and highlighting & celebrating their successes. Held at the beautiful Minna Gallery, the event included fireside chats hosted by Kahlief Adams of the Spawn on Me podcast. Featured speakers included game streamer Simply Undrea; Jay Bobo and Latesha Williams, creators of the hit game Black Card Revoked; Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University; and Charles Webb, Senior Writer on Mafia III.... Read more: 13th Annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room at GDC Highlights

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Gears of War Esports Partners with Caesars Entertainment to Host Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open

On April 6-8 Gears Esports will make its triumphant return to Sin City for the Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open presented by Caesars Entertainment, in association with Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC). More than 60 of the top Gears Esports teams from around the world will compete at the Caesars Entertainment Studios, located behind Bally’s Las Vegas for a current prize pool of $150,000 USD. Watch the action at http://live.gearsofwar.com starting at 2:00pm PDT on Friday, then again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am PDT. All Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open players and spectators will be awarded an in-game emblem with the purchase of either a team pass or spectator pass. Attendees... Read more: Gears of War Esports Partners with Caesars Entertainment to Host Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open

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GDC: Celebrating the Success of Independent Developers with ID@Xbox

GDC is always one of my favorite game industry events of the year. Because it’s really developer focused, it has a totally different energy from others. It’s always a great time for the team here at ID@Xbox to talk developers from around the world, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, and we always take the opportunity to show off some amazing games that are coming through the program. This year at GDC, we’re highlighting more than 50 titles coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 – including the 18 new titles we announced last week – and many are coming to Xbox One as console launch exclusives, including Black Desert, Below, and Trailmakers. As ID@Xbox heads into its... Read more: GDC: Celebrating the Success of Independent Developers with ID@Xbox

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Be More Pirate and Celebrate Sea of Thieves at Microsoft Store!

Ahoy! Grab your pirate crew and set sail at your local Microsoft Store to celebrate the launch of Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Sea of Thieves. Come aboard to a Microsoft Store near you on March 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., local time, and celebrate the free-roaming pirate life with your crew. Treasure will be awarded to those with the best pirate costumes. The first 200 attendees at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York and Sydney and 50 attendees across other store locations, starting at 5:30 p.m., will receive an exclusive Sea of Thieves poster! If you are in New York or Sydney, join us at the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue or Sydney flagship Microsoft Store on Pitt... Read more: Be More Pirate and Celebrate Sea of Thieves at Microsoft Store!

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E3 2018: Microsoft Readies Biggest E3 Showing Ever

Since Xbox made its first appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2000, Xbox has had a major presence at the show, delivering exclusive and powerful ways to let fans in on what we’re up to, and 2018 will be no different.  In fact, it will be our biggest showing ever. With the evolution of E3, now including fans and extended show hours, we saw an opportunity to create an entirely new show experience reaching E3 attendees and those that are following the show from afar.  With that, in collaboration with the Entertainment Software Association, the organizers of E3, we’re excited to announce that Xbox will be taking over the Microsoft Theater, a perfectly situated space... Read more: E3 2018: Microsoft Readies Biggest E3 Showing Ever

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Microsoft Readies for GDC 2018

It’s that time again. The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) is quickly approaching - kicking off next Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23 - and this year Microsoft is showing up in exciting new ways to inspire and enable game developers and gamers alike to achieve more. GDC is the place to showcase the latest technical innovations across all of Microsoft’s gaming toolset to empower developers to create great games on any platform. It’s also a place where we get the opportunity to discuss valuable feedback from our development partners to help drive innovation forward in the gaming industry. This year’s event feels especially important to us. Over the last several... Read more: Microsoft Readies for GDC 2018

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Embark on a Sea of Thieves Journey for Real Treasure with The Quest for the Golden Bananas

Starting Monday, March 19, we’re kicking off a global digital treasure hunt to win real UK Hallmarked 18-carat golden bananas. Crew up with up to three friends to crack cryptic clues, follow the trail and find the treasure. We won’t be taking it easy on you though, these challenges will test the mettle of the most capable pirates! Pirates who tuned in for the first excellent episode of Inside Xbox this weekend already caught a glimpse of the very special treasure that will come to the winners of The Quest – a set of real gold bananas. That’s right, London’s famous Smith & Harris Goldsmiths has created four golden bananas, crafted to replicate the health source in Sea of... Read more: Embark on a Sea of Thieves Journey for Real Treasure with The Quest for the Golden Bananas

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Announcing Inside Xbox, Premiering March 10th

I’m thrilled to announce that Inside Xbox will debut on March 10th at 12:00PM PST, marking the dawn of a brand-new way for the team to celebrate our news, our games, and our fans. Inside Xbox is many things. A premier live news broadcast that will highlight breaking announcements and a peek behind the curtain of Team Xbox. A glimpse at the mysteries of game design and a celebration of some of the month’s most exciting games and features. Most of all, it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate and listen to you, the community. All of this will be available streaming in 4K/UHD on supported services and platforms. You can watch Inside Xbox in all the places you would expect,... Read more: Announcing Inside Xbox, Premiering March 10th

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