Announced today on Xbox Wire, Microsoft is bringing its two big esports teams together by hosting both Halo Championship and Gears Pro Circuit matches in New Orleans this weekend. The crossover esports event will run from July 13th to July 15th at the New Orleans Convention Center. Major League Gaming, The Coalition, and 343 Industries will host simultaneous tournaments for the Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series, with both franchises competing for separate $250,000 USD prize pools.
From Xbox Wire:
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 12 p.m. PDT/2 p.m. CDT, 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.
Additionally, there will be a $5,000 USD Halo 5: Guardians Free-For-All tournament available on site. Registration for the FFA tournament will begin at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, July 14th. The final match will be played on the main stage on Sunday, July 15th.