This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air.

In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found in the recently released Official Single Player Trailer.

Check out the complete broadcast schedule and anticipated guest list below, and make sure to catch all the action via twitch.tv/xbox.

Broadcast Schedule:

  • Friday: 2 – 5pm Battlefield 1  /  5:30 – 8pm Titanfall 2
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm Battlefield 1  /  1 – 1:30pm Exclusive Battlefield 1 Single Player Gameplay  /  2 – 5:30pm Titanfall 2
  • Sunday: 10:30am – 1:30pm Titanfall 2  /  2 – 5:30pm Battlefield 1

Guest List Slated to Include:

Alination, BFF – Recon, CodeName_Deus, CreamTV, Darkness429, DooM49, Duxativa, EatMyDiction1, ekolimits, FairlightExcalibur, GameSager, Giggle_Monster, GoldenboyFTW, IncredibleOrb, LEQIGN, LostAiming, Major Nelson, MugsTV, NukemDukem, Oolala87, PanikKontrol, Pansy, Sattelizer, Scarfino, Smokealoke, Sovindictive, Starsnipe, Stodeh, Tactical Pinup, TOMMYRAGE, TwoAngryGamersTV, Westie, Wolv21, Xfactor

One last thing. In addition to the live stream prize giveaways, we’re giving you an opportunity to win four Xbox One S consoles. One winner will take home an Xbox One S (2TB), an Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), a custom Battlefield 1 Xbox One S (500GB), and a custom Titanfall 2 Xbox One S (500GB). To enter, simply follow @Xbox and RT the Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 #XboxSweepstakes Tweets.


The Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), features a military green console with matching stand and controller, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, High Dynamic Range, and one month of EA Access. It also Includes a full game download of Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, which allows you to start playing on October 18, the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, and Lawrence of Arabia Pack, as well as five Battlepacks.

The TwitchCon 2016 Sweepstakes runs from tomorrow, September 30th, and will close on October 9th, 2016. No purchase necessary to participate.  Please visit https://rules.xboxpromotions.com/MSTwitchCon16 for full contest details and eligibility requirements.


On Oct. 11, a new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises will kick off with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 4. To commemorate this special event, we’re inviting fans around the world to join the festivities by tuning into Gears of War 4: Live, a live broadcast that begins at 3 PM PT (10 PM UTC) on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Watch on Twitch

Watch on Beam

Watch on Facebook

Watch on YouTube

Watch at Xbox.com

Ninety digital copies of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be given away during the 90-minute broadcast, allowing winners to play four days before the game’s worldwide launch on October 11.

Hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, Children’s Hospital), Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Scott Robison (Mr. Sark), Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and me, the broadcast will feature interviews with the game’s creators, including The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes, exclusive gameplay, a special project by British inventor Colin Furze, and the reveal of hip-hop phenoms Run the Jewels’ in-game multiplayer characters.

The livestream will be broadcast on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox.com, YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Beam. At the Gears Art exhibition this Saturday, Oct. 1, invites will be distributed to fans to join the studio audience for the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast on Oct. 5.

“Gears of War 4 is the beginning of a brand-new saga for the franchise that is loved by millions, so we wanted to make sure all of our fans around the world could participate in our launch celebration,” said Aaron Greenberg, head of game marketing at Xbox. “We hope you’ll tune into our live broadcast and help celebrate the best Gears game yet and Xbox’s biggest launch of the year.”

Tune in for Exclusive Gameplay, Special Featurettes and Announcements

 The Gears of War 4: Live broadcast will connect millions of fans around the world, allowing viewers to watch, comment and virtually participate. The program lineup includes:

  • Run the Jewels Make Their Gears of War 4 Renowned hip-hop duo Killer-Mike and El-P join The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson to premiere the first look at their in-game multiplayer characters.
  • Voice Actors’ Round Table. Join the voices behind JD Fenix and Kait Diaz – Liam McIntyre (Spartacus, The Flash) and Laura Bailey (Halo 5: Guardians, Final Fantasy XIII) – as they talk about the story of Gears of War 4 and how they approached the challenge of bringing a new generation of heroes to life for one of gaming’s most iconic franchises.
  • Recreating a Gears Renowned YouTube creator Colin Furze offers an inside peek at how he created a real-life version of Gears of War’s iconic weapon.
  • Gears of War: State of the Universe. Since our last installment of Gears, a lot has happened on Sera. This retrospective piece will run fans through the entire story to refresh and whet fans’ appetite for the first chapter of a new Gears
  • Gears Ink 2.0. Join tattoo artist Steve Soto as he inks a member of the Gears of War team live during the show.
  • The Art of War. Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a special exhibition at the Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, featuring never-before-seen images from the Gears of War universe including concept art from Gears of War 4 and original artwork inspired by the series.
  • Gears An inside look at how some of the most dedicated and passionate Gears fans in the world created some of the most stunningly intricate and authentic costumes you’ve ever seen.
  • An exploration of the deeper side of Gears of War’s lore, highlighting the history of the planet Sera and the genocide of the Locust.
  • PAX “First to 50” Competition Highlights. Relive all the best moments from the “First to 50” competition at PAX Prime as guests from Xbox and two superstar squads – captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, and comprised of players including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream – compete to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde 3.0 mode.

Following the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast, fans can check out a special 90-minute “post-show” livestream on all the channels that carried the broadcast, including Twitch. The post-show program will feature creator commentary, live gameplay, and an eSports exhibition.

  • Gears of War eSports Live Showcase – OpTic Gaming vs Infinity. In a battle of Gears eSports titans, the current top ranked team and a famed legacy top ranked team face off in a live competition to see who will dominate in Gears of War 4’s new heart-pounding competitive mode, Escalation. 

For more information on Gears of War 4, visit Xbox.com or follow @GearsofWar.


The wait is almost over for Forza Horizon 3!

This Saturday, September 24, Xbox and Ford Performance will host the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch event at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. UTC). The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ken Block, hundreds of cars on display, free food and giveaways, live music from Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Flow and the opportunity to go hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 before its September 27 release on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The event is free to the public (online RSVP required) and will be streamed worldwide on twitch.tv/forzamotorsport.

I will be there too, so if you see me – stop by and say hello.

Forza Horizon Car Meet

Owners of classic, custom, and exotic cars are invited to join the car meet on the museum parking deck, featuring hot rides from Forza fans and Los Angeles car clubs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. PDT. Finalist cars will be identified during the meet that will be showcased during the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch later in the afternoon. Ken Block will choose his favorite cars, and the owner of the winning vehicle will receive a custom Xbox One S console and a copy of Forza Horizon 3. In addition, fans will be able to get up close with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor race truck from Ford Performance.

Meet Ken Block

Ken Block, race car driver and star of the Gymkhana series – whose Gymkhana NINE was inspired by showcase events in Forza Horizon 3 – will be meeting with fans and taking questions on the live stream.

Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with Ken’s “daily driver,” a 2017 Ford Focus RS.

Twitch Live Stream

Fans from around the world will be able to take part in the live stream on Twitch.tv featuring Turn 10 Studios Community Director Brian Ekberg (@mechberg), Ken Block, me and many of the top Forza players from around the world showing their skills off in Forza Horizon 3. This live stream will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT.

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Recognized as the “world’s greatest car museum” by Top Gear magazine, the Petersen was dramatically transformed this year by a $90M renovation that included the addition of the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience, allowing visitors to race cars from the museum’s collection on the world’s most legendary tracks.

This is the third major Forza event this year hosted by the Petersen, following the North American debut of the Forza Horizon 3 cover car and the Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge.

The Petersen is a charitable organization supported exclusively by member donations and memberships. Several levels of memberships are available, including the Forza Motorsport Pass which includes exclusive benefits and privileges including after-hours Forza competitive gaming events.

Forza Horizon 3 is available for pre-order with 3 versions to choose from: Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition. Click each link for more details or see below.

Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Horizon 3 Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack and VIP Membership.

Forza Horizon 3  Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack, VIP Membership and Car Pass. This bundle also provides early access to the game starting on 23 Sep.

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This week at PAX, we’ll be lifting the curtain on the next evolution of Horde mode arriving in Gears of War 4 – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

Our plans go far beyond just talking about Horde though. Gears of War 4 is coming to PAX West with an armory full of events, activities and live streams for Gears fans to enjoy. If you’re at the show, come find us! Let’s talk Gears. We’d love your thoughts. Here’s what to expect over the PAX Weekend, whether you can make it to the show or you’re in the comfort of your own home.


Gears of War 4 is taking over the PAX Arena with live gameplay at PAX!

On Friday September 2, tune in to see the world debut of a brand new Versus Multiplayer mode in Gears of War 4 – Arms Race. What’s Arms Race? Well that would spoil the fun now, wouldn’t it? This special event is ‘For The Watch’, a running gag between Penny Arcade’s Gabe and Tycho where they battle it out for the honor of taking home the fabled watch.

First to Fifty Goldglove  First to Fifty Femsteph
Then on Saturday, prepare for an overload of Horde 3.0 gameplay in a very special race to be First to 50! We’ve invited guests from Xbox and two superstar squads to compete for the honor of being the first team to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde mode for Gears of War 4. Captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, each squad will be composed of star Gears players, including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream). This isn’t an event you’ll want to miss and fans in attendance will also receive an exclusive, limited edition Horde 3.0 Poster designed by Tony Moore (known for his award-winning artistry in The Walking Dead comic series).

Tony Moore Gears of War 4

If you’re at the show, head on over to the PAX Arena to join the fun in our live audience. There’ll also be some special giveaway swag on offer including:

  • Friday: T-Shirts, Pins and Physical Card Packs
  • Saturday: T-Shirts, Pins, Physical Gear Packs and a special Tony Moore poster

Saturday is also a great opportunity to come and talk to the myriad of developers from The Coalition who will be in attendance for First to 50. We’d love to meet you!

Finally, on Sunday fans are invited to sign up as teams of five to survive 10 waves of Horde on the PAX Stage for prizes. Teams who survive the first 10 waves can then make the decision to take the prize – or put it all on the line for a chance to win an even better prize by completing the next 10 waves of Horde as a team. Prizes will also differ based on the difficulty selected by each team.

All the action will be streamed on Twitch live at Twitch.TV/PaxArena, Twitch.TV/Xbox or Twitch.TV/GearsofWar. Add these dates and times to your calendars to make sure you don’t miss a beat:

  • Friday September 2, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT
  • Saturday September 3, from 6:30pm PDT onwards
  • Sunday, September 4, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT


If you’ve secured your PAX West ticket, Horde 3.0 is waiting for you on the show floor! You’ll get 30 minutes to try and beat 10 waves of Horde 3.0 on Normal Difficulty with 4 squad mates, along with a coach from The Coalition to help you make the most of your time.

Every time you complete your Horde session at our booth, you’ll also walk away with one of our awesome Physical Gear Packs which unlock in-game content (and make for a great Gears collectible too!). We’ll also be giving away one of two unique pins every day of the show – keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

Head to the PAX Arena to really put your Horde skills to the test. The PAX Arena is the only place where you can take on the Swarm on Hardcore difficulty – be one of the first teams to beat all 10 waves within the allotted time, and you’ll walk away with some special Gears of War merchandise! Grab your friends and bring them to the Arena to see if you’re up for the challenge.

There’s also some additional Gears action to be found on the show floor thanks to our friends at Nvidia and Alienware. Head to their booth to play Gears of War 4 for Windows 10 in stunning 4K resolution, and battle the Swarm in a section of the campaign set during a Windflare. (Tip – Don’t throw grenades against the wind!).

There’s plenty more to come from our huge PAX Prime weekend, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest information. See you in Seattle!

It was a busy day preparing the Xbox booth for gamescom, one of the world’s biggest video game trade show events featuring over 800 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors from 50 different countries. I wanted to share some of the news and stories from today in this recap.

Earlier today, I teamed up with @AceyBongos to do a livestream of the Xbox booth. If you didn’t catch the stream you can watch it below:


The Xbox Wire posted a few stories related to gamescom and the titles that will be shown off in the Xbox booth. You can read them here:

Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

Forza Racing Championship Series Week 1 Results

If you’re attending gamescom and you want to try and get one of the 200 tickets to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016, you can find all of the details here. We’ll have more news stories, livestreams and other surprises over the next few days, so keep checking back here or follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss any of it.


One of the best things about working on ID@Xbox at Microsoft is the opportunity to interact with game makers and creators on a daily basis. One of the others is being able to share our games with our awesome fans, especially those people who are pumped to check out new and innovative experiences. Over the past couple of years, we have brought those groups together at an awesome event called the ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. It’s been so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again!

That’s right, for the third year in a row we’re inviting gamers to visit us on the Microsoft campus and help us kick off PAX West with the latest ID@Xbox games! We’re going to be showcasing more than 50 games, including some of the most highly anticipated upcoming titles, as well as some new surprises. Beyond that, you can pick up collectible pins from each of the games (while supplies last) and enter to win some great prizes. We hope you can join us!

For more information or to register for this FREE event – click here

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday September 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: Microsoft campus — Building 92

15010 NE 36th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

United States

(directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including a number of newly announced and several that will be publically playable for the first time ever! Meet the developers and check out some of our most highly anticipated titles, including Outlast 2, Everspace, Cuphead, Pit People, and new content in ARK: Survival Evolved. See the Microsoft campus and stop by the Visitor Center to explore everything from the latest Microsoft Research innovations to the very first personal computer.

Admission cost: Absolutely FREE (PAX passes are not required)

Transportation: Parking is available for FREE on the Microsoft campus, and complimentary buses will also provide transportation from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 PM. There will be signs and staff wearing red shirts guiding people onto the buses driving between the convention center and Microsoft campus.

Confirmed ID@Xbox games include:

  • 140 – Carlsen Games
  • AER – Forgotten Key
  • ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
  • Armed and Gelatinous – Three Flip Studios
  • Axiom Verge – Thomas Happ Games
  • Beacon – Monothetic LLC
  • Blackwood Crossing – PaperSeven Ltd
  • Brawlout – Angry Mob Games
  • The Bunker – Splendy Games
  • Candle Man – Spotlightor
  • Cluster Truck – Landfall Games
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Death Squared – SMG Studio
  • Deforms – Ready at Dawn
  • Earth’s Dawn – Rising Star
  • Flinthook – Tribute Games
  • Gas Guzzlers Extreme – Gamepires
  • GRIDD: Retroenhanced – AntabStudio
  • Knee Deep – Prologue Games
  • Mantis Burn Racing – VooFoo Studios Ltd.
  • Manual Samuel – Perfectly Paranormal
  • Mekazoo – The Good Mood Creators
  • Moonshot – Pump Action Games
  • Outlast 2 – Red Barrels
  • Pit People – The Behemoth
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Redout – 34BigThings
  • Refactor – NextGen Pants
  • Rescue Triangle – CottonGame
  • Rise and Shine – Adult Swim
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Silence – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Slime Rancher – Monomi Park
  • Sniper Elite 4 – Rebellion
  • State of Mind – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Strength of the Sword ULTIMATE – Ivent Games
  • Super Slam Dunk Touchdown – Tipping Goat LLC
  • Superweights – Pompaduo
  • The Final Station – Do My Best Games
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – Jackbox Games
  • We Are Chicago – Culture Shock Games
  • Warhammer: Vermintide – Fatshark
  • Westerado – Adult Swim
  • Western Press – Bandit-1


Xbox will give 200 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox gamescom FanFest Ticket will include:

  • An exclusive “Xbox FanFest Showcase” on Thursday Night, August 18, from 20:00 – 23:00 CEST at the Xbox Booth, Hall 8.  Experience all the games and cool surprises in the Xbox booth after the crowds have gone for the night.
  • Special Xbox day-time activity on Wednesday August 17.
  • Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Swag bag full of Xbox-gaming content

How can I get my Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

The majority of tickets will be first-come, first-serve, one per-person, and be distributed Wednesday morning, August 17 in Cologne, Germany.  We will announce the location on Wednesday morning, August 17. Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

When will Xbox make the announcement to line up and get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

Lineup location will be announced at 10:00 CEST, Wednesday morning, August 17.   Xbox FanFest tickets will be distributed in-person immediately after we reveal the location, in Cologne, Germany.  Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016?

Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of registration.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?

It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?

FanFest activities are only on Wednesday August 17th and Thursday, August 18th.

Will the 200 fans get tickets to attend the Consumer Days at gamescom (Thursday – Sunday)?

Xbox will not provide tickets to those days.

Cake Wars
Recently I had the opportunity to serve as the guest judge for a Halo-themed episode of the Food Network show, Cake Wars, and the episode is airing tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. CDT.

In the episode, four awesome bakers face off to create cakes based on the Halo universe, with the winning contestant earning $10,000 and a trip for them and their cake to the Halo World Championship finals that took place this past March.

Tune in to the special episode tonight as I sit at the judges table along with Cake Wars judges Waylynn Lucas and Ron Ben-Israel to determine who will come out on top in a Halo match like none you’ve ever seen. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the confection creations!

For the sixth consecutive year, Xbox will be bringing great gameplay, first-look panels; and exclusive experiences to San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be there hosting a few panels and meeting the fans, so if you’re going to be there, stop by, say hello and check out everything we have to show.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) will take place from 21-24 July at the San Diego Convention Center.


You can find Xbox in two different locations this year.


Xbox Booth
San Diego Convention Center
Hall A #100
111 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(Comic-Con badge required.)

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Thursday – Saturday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT (Sunday)

Xbox @ Nerd HQ
The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM PDT (Thursday, Saturday)
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Friday)


-Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure
Thursday, 7/21/16, 10:30am – 11:30am, Room: 24ABC (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

-Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Nerd HQ PANEL: Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Friday, 7/22/16, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Nerd HQ (The New Children’s Museum)
Nerd HQ badge required. Register here. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Halo Wars 2: Know Your Enemy
Friday, 7/22/16, 10:15am – 11:15am, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

For more information about Nerd HQ and/or to register for events, visit the Nerd HQ website.

For more information about San Diego Comic-Con, visit the official website here.

For more information about Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con including a look at the titles we’ll be showing off, visit the Xbox.com events page.

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the country’s biggest and longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention and one of my favorite industry events I always look forward to attending. Hope to see you there next week.