×

New ‘Gears 5’ Series, Esports Tournament Debuts in June

Gears 5” makes its esports debut this summer with the “ELeague Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood,” Xbox and ELeague announced during an Inside Xbox episode on Tuesday.

The six-part event series and live tournament focuses on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports, they said.

The first episode airs on TBS on Friday, Jun. 14 at 11 p.m. ET and features the worldwide debut of “Gears 5” Versus multiplayer. Eight of the top “Gears” teams from around the globe are participating in the competition at Turner Studios in Atlanta. The best teams will go on to The Invitational at the end of the season.

The event will stream live on Twitch and on the B/R Live premium sports streaming service on Jul. 13-14.

Meanwhile, the “ELeague Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood” documentary provides an in-depth look at six of the most well-known professional “Gears” players. Over the six episodes, the series explores their transition between “Gears of War 4” and “Gears 5,” and how they balance the “untapped potential of new opportunities with the fallout from past decisions.”

“Gears 5” was officially announced during E3 2018. Focusing on a character called Kait, it features “the biggest, most beautiful ‘Gears’ world ever created,” Microsoft said. It also has local split-screen or online co-op, 4K Ultra HD resolution support, and more. It’s expected to come out sometime this year and will available via the Xbox Game Pass subscription service at launch.

Popular on Variety

No Comments

More Gaming

  • Activision-Blizzard-Overwatch-League-Grand-Finals-2018

    YouTube Scores Exclusive Streaming for Activision Blizzard's E-Sports, Including Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues

    YouTube landed a multiyear deal as the exclusive live-streaming partner for Activision Blizzard’s e-sports events worldwide, including Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports. The agreement (which excludes China) promises to give a big boost to YouTube Gaming, the video giant’s dedicated home for all things related to games. It’s also a loss for [...]

  • Conan Unconquered

    Tencent Bids for Control of Funcom 'Conan' Games Developer

    China’s social media and gaming giant Tencent is bidding to buy control of Funcom, developer of the “Conan” and “Dune” games. The bid values the Norwegian company at $148 million. Tencent already owns 29% of Funcom, and its bid has been unanimously approved by Funcom’s board of directors. No management changes are planned. The shares [...]

  • 100 Thieves

    Esports Organization 100 Thieves Unveils New Facility in Los Angeles

    As of Wednesday, popular esports organization 100 Thieves has an official home in Los Angeles. The group unveiled its new 15,000 square-foot facility, officially named the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, in a media preview with some of its biggest personalities and owner Scooter Braun on hand. Also in attendance was Jack Dorsey, the CEO [...]

  • Marvel-Strike-Force-FoxNext

    Disney Sells FoxNext Games Unit to Scopely

    Disney has sold off FoxNext Games, the studio it obtained through the purchase of 20th Century Fox, to mobile-games developer Scopely. Terms of the pact were not disclosed. Under the terms of the pact, Scopely is acquiring FoxNext Games Los Angeles, the game studio behind hit game “Marvel Strike Force,” and San Jose-based Cold Iron [...]

  • Call of Duty The Campaign

    Watch the First Episode of New Call of Duty League Docuseries 'The Campaign' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Even a new league comes with history. That’s one of the takeaways from the first episode of “The Campaign,” which follows the Chicago Huntsmen in the lead-up to Activision Blizzard’s new franchised Call of Duty League. Variety is debuting the first episode exclusively, which details some of the narrative that follows the Huntsmen (based in [...]

  • Vindex - Imax

    Imax Jumps Into Esports in Exclusive Pact With Startup Vindex

    Hold on to your popcorn: An Imax location near you could soon be beaming live competitive video-game action onto its big screens. Imax has inked a partnership with Vindex (vindex.gg), an esports infrastructure startup formed by Major League Gaming co-founders Mike Sepso and Sundance DiGiovanni, under which Vindex will create esports events and experiences exclusively [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content