X Games and Xbox Team Up for the Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational 2016

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X Games and Xbox Team Up for the Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational 2016

Top Teams Compete for Medals and Prize Money Jan. 28-31 on ESPN and WatchESPN

ESPN X Games and Xbox will team up to bring Halo 5: Guardians to X Games Aspen 2016 from January 28 – 31, as part of the Halo World Championship Tour, and for the first time-ever, segments and highlights of the esports competition will be integrated into the X Games Aspen telecasts on ESPN. Eight of the top teams from around the world – six from North America and two international teams – will compete in group play that will culminate in a single-elimination bracket-style tournament onsite at X Games Aspen for medals and $30,000 in prize money. Competing teams will be participating in the Halo World Championship, however, the Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational will not contribute points or change placements for the regional finals.

The three-day competition will take place onsite in The Gaming Shack located in the X Games Aspen festival villages. The event will also be streamed live on WatchESPN, Twitch.tv/Halo and mlg.tv/halo.

“We are thrilled to team with Xbox to feature the top gamers at X Games Aspen,” said Tim Reed, vice president, X Games. “Gaming plays a big role in the youth culture and the Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational nicely complements the world-class action sports competition and musical elements at the X Games.”

“We are committed to the long-term growth of Halo esports through world-class events and the expansion of viewership around the globe,” said Bonnie Ross, Microsoft CVP and head of 343 Industries. “There is no one better than X Games and ESPN to team up with for the Halo World Championship Tour, and we’re excited to see the best teams compete for gold this January at the X Games Aspen Invitational.”

More details on tickets and full music and competition schedules are available at XGames.com/tickets. As always, general admission to the action sports competitions and festival villages is free to the public.

For more information, go to www.xgames.com or follow X Games on Twitter at http://twitter.com/xgames.

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Crystal Yang Edwards

Based on the West Coast, Crystal Yang is a member of the ESPN Communications team focusing on publicity and event publicity for the X Games Franchise, espnW, LAPC, ESPN Women’s PR and ESPN’s West Coast initiatives. She also supports on other properties including Grantland, ESPYs, the CrossFit Games and the LA2015 Special Olympics. A Southern California native and proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Crystal enjoys all facets of a healthy and athletic lifestyle as a surfer and volleyball player, and fitness including pilates, yoga and more.
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