The European Gaming League (EGL) has announced it's teaming up with The Coalition and Microsoft to host a Gears of War esports tournament in the UK.
The EGL Gears Open will take place in Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on April 21st and 22nd.
It features a $20,000 prize pool, with first place taking home $10,000, second $5,000, third $3,000 and fourth $2,000, and there are 68,000 Gears Pro Points up for grabs.
"We're pleased to announce a further partnership with The Coalition and Microsoft that’ll see EGL bring Gears esports to the industrial heartland of the UK"
"We're pleased to announce a further partnership with The Coalition and Microsoft that’ll see EGL bring Gears esports to the industrial heartland of the UK," said EGL in a statement.It's the first European LAN event of the 2018 Gears esports season, and follows the Gears Esports Fall Regionals, as explained in this official EGL announcement post.
Teams will be seeded based on their accumulated Pro Circuit Pro Points.
Attendees must be over 18 to attend, or those aged 16 or 17 with parent/guardian permission.
Day tickets cost £5, weekend tickets are £10, and it costs £200 for a five-man team to enter the tournament.
Gears of War, although it's not the world's most popular esport, has a passionate following and has had a number of UK players and teams over the years.
Having an esports event taking place in Sheffield is also great for UK esports. And it's nice to see a UK esports tournament with reasonable stature taking place in an area outside of London or Birmingham or Leicester for once.