Gears of War 4 $1 Million Pro Circuit Announced
In a huge announcement for Gears of War, a long-standing esports community that began on Xbox 360 back with Gears of War in 2006, Major Leauge Gaming and Gfinity are partnering for a Pro Circuit in Gears of War 4 that culminates in a $1 million prize pool.
The announcement was made at the end of this weekend's MLG Columbus Open.
The voiceover in the video detailed the events as follows:
"We've heard from players, fans and team owners, and are excited to present a program for Gears of War 4 esports that will showcase Gears of War worldwide with a focus on marquee live events. We know that players want to compete on LAN and we are proud to announce that alongside MLG and Gfinity, we will be hosting live events every 1-2 months throughout the year. Players can earn Gears pro points by competing on regional MLG GameBattles online ladders and daily and weekly tournaments. Your Gears pro points ranking in your region qualifies you for our international circuit Open LAN events. Every week, fans from around the world can tune into our weekly live broadcasts, which will feature live showcase matches from online tournament finals and key ladder matches. These weekly fight cards will show case up-and-coming amateur teams and/or favorite pro teams. We think that international cross-play and competition is important, and so we are treating every event as a mini-World Championship. Top teams from North America, Europe, Latin America and Oceania will be flown to live events around the world to compete against each other. This year's international circuit includes some exciting stops around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico City, Columbus and Las Vegas. Last but not least, Xbox is proud to present a starting prize pool for Gears of War esports as $1 million."
It has been a rough road for Gears of War esports, which has not been relevant on a big stage in many years. This is obviously a huge step in the right direction for Gears esports, as it now has MLG and Gfinity at it's back, along with lots of funding from Xbox and Microsoft, as Gears is still a huge exclusive series for that console.
The Gears of War community has every right to be excited as it appears that the series might be back on its way to glory, as the original Gears of War saw exposure in MLG way back when it first came out around 10 years ago. This has been a long time coming.
For more information on this announcement, including a schedule of the planned LAN events for the 2016-17 season, click the link here.
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