ELEAGUE Aligns with Xbox in Wide-Ranging Partnership
Surrounding Gears 5 Launch

Six-Part ELEAGUE Series Focused on World’s Best Gears of War Players to Premiere
Friday, June 14, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS

Inaugural Gears 5 Esports Event to Debut Game’s Anticipated Multiplayer Mode – 
Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14 – with Live Coverage Across Twitch & B/R Live


ELEAGUE and Xbox today announced a wide-ranging partnership that will celebrate the Gears of War esports community and highlight the epic franchise’s best professional players amid the highly-anticipated release of Gears 5 later this year. ELEAGUE will produce six, hour-long feature episodes providing unprecedented access to the intensity of professional Gears of War competitions, including deeper looks into the lives of star players as they train and perform around the world. ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood will debut Friday, June 14, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.

In addition to the TBS episodes, ELEAGUE will officially reveal new Gears 5 multiplayer gameplay when it hosts the latest title’s first-ever esports tournament, Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, with live coverage available on Twitch and the premium live sports streaming service B/R Live.  The ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series tournament will feature eight of the world’s top teams – many of which will star in the TBS series – competing live within ELEAGUE Arena at Turner Studios in Atlanta. The final two episodes of the TBS programming will showcase the most exciting moments from the live tournament.

Fans can follow ELEAGUE on Twitter (@ELEAGUETV) and Facebook, and visit ELEAGUE.com for the latest news surrounding the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood.

ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular titles in the business through its first three years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including the hosting of two CS:GO Major Championships – Overwatch®, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4Street Fighter® V: Arcade EditionDota 2EA SPORTS FIFA 19NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Injustice 2Rocket LeagueTEKKEN® 7 and Formula E.  With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.

About Gears of War
Published by Xbox Game Studios, the award-winning and billion-dollar Gears of War franchise has continued to redefine the third-person shooter genre. Launched to critical acclaim in 2006, the franchise has inspired a full line of toys and Funko collectibles, apparel and an expanded universe that spans more than a decade of books and graphic novels. In 2016, The Coalition, led by series co-creator Rod Fergusson, re-launched the series to critical acclaim with Gears of War 4, set 25 years after the events of the original trilogy. Gears 5, featuring the biggest, most beautiful Gears world ever created, will be released in 2019 for Xbox One and Windows 10 and will come to Xbox Game Pass on the same date as its global release. More information on previous game titles in the Gears of War series can be found at http://www.gearsofwar.com/games.