In the last year or so, Gears of War esports has seen a huge amount of growth, with developer backing providing more prize money and viewers than many Gears players and fans believed possible.
Season 1 of the Gears of War 4 Pro Circuit culminated in a $300,000 open tournament in Las Vegas, in which over 30,000 viewers tuned in to the Grand Final. Compare this to the beginning of the season, where a tournament Grand Final would maybe pick up around 10,000 viewers, and the growth over time is glaringly obvious.
Before the Grand Final of the Vegas Open, Rod Fergusson, studio head at The Coalition, announced that there would be a Season 2 of the Gears of War 4 Pro Circuit, and that there would be a much bigger focus on grassroots Gears of War tournaments in the coming months.
That promise has started to be fulfilled, with the announcement of the ‘Know Your Roots’ EU Open, being held in the ALT Gaming Lounge in Nottingham, England.
The event is to take place on August 19-20th, and is being operated by Multiplay. It features a £4,000 prize pool and over 34,000 Pro Points available to the top 32 teams going in to Season 2.
Team passes have started to roll out, and spectator tickets are due to be issued at the end of the month.
As it stands, there is only really one UK Gears team that can make a splash in international tournaments, and that is the team formerly of Epsilon Esports. They placed 7-8th at the Las Vegas Open and have consistently been in the top eight throughout the season.
Hopefully more LANs and more eyes on the esport should provide UK teams and players with a much wider scope of potential for a future career, and we will see much more of our peers on the main stage.