We are thrilled to announce that ESL is partnering with The Coalition and Xbox to kick off Gears of War esports! Having had its beginning in 2006, the third-person-shooter series gained many fans throughout the years thanks to its exciting and unique gameplay. Now it’s time to bring Gears of War back to the competitive scene and give players in North America a chance to prove their skills – and win prizes in the process. Starting in September 2015, ESL will be partnering with The Coalition for two action packed seasons of Gears of War, where players from all over North America can compete at the highest level .
Gears of War preseason
ESL will start off with eight preseason cups – each with a US$500 weekly prize pool – in September 2015, where players can develop their skills and get ready for the regular season. During the preseason, ESL will be working with The Coalition and the community to continue to refine the ruleset, striving for the best possible competitive experience for our players.
Gears of War Pro League by ESL presented by Xbox
The action will really pick up as the Gears of War Pro League by ESL kicks off with two open qualifier cups on the 4th and 11th of October 2015, each resulting in eight teams moving forward and a US$500 prize pool. The cups will be followed by a Pro League qualifier – featuring those sixteen teams and a US$1,000 prize pool – which will be broadcast live on the 18th of October 2015 on the Gears of War Twitch channel.
Once the qualifiers are over, the first season of the Gears of War Pro League by ESL will officially begin. Eight teams will compete over the course of seven weeks from October to December 2015, with there being two match days, one of which will receive a live broadcast. The top four teams will then advance to the season one finals in January 2016 and battle it out for the first Gears of War Pro League championship title as well as their share of the US$50,000 prize pool.
Gears of War Open Series by ESL presented by Xbox
If you’re looking to play Gears of War competitively but in a more relaxed setting, the Gears of War Open Series by ESL is the way to go. Upon the completion of the preseason, the Gears of War Open Series will be in full swing with a weekly US$500 prize pool and competitions running over the course of ten weeks from October to December 2015.
Whether you’re a Gears of War veteran, a competitive pro or a relative newcomer, this is your chance to prove your skills and begin your esports career. We’re looking forward to seeing you and your team in either the Gears of War Pro League or the Gears of War Open Series by ESL cups – good luck!