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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.

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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.

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You can find Xbox in two different locations this year.

XBOX BOOTH LOCATIONS AND HOURS

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)

XBOX PANELS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

-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.

 discusses gamescom 2016 and what Xbox fans attending the event can expect. Details below:

It’s under five weeks until gamescom 2016 and I’m excited to share the news that Xbox will give our fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the most anticipated titles for 2016 and 2017, across Xbox and Windows 10.  From our stellar lineup of blockbusters, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and Sea of Thieves, to a host of ID@Xbox titles including We Happy Few, Everspace and Cuphead, we can’t wait for our fans to play. This year we’re also in a brand new location – you’ll be able to find us in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse near the north entrance.

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While we will not be hosting a media briefing this year, we’re planning a new and more intimate Xbox FanFest experience for our fans across Europe and worldwide attending gamescom 2016.  We will be sharing more details on our gamescom 2016 Xbox FanFest soon.

We had a record-setting E3 and we were overwhelmed by the response.  Xbox unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and Xbox’s biggest games lineup ever on Xbox One and Windows 10. We also announced Xbox Play Anywhere, a new program which lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Our E3 announcements showed Xbox’s commitment to offering gamers a future that goes beyond console generations and one that offers them the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the people they want and on the devices they want.

At gamescom 2016 we’re excited to bring even more of these experiences into the hands of our fans.  gamescom is always one of my favourite shows, and I’m excited to attend and spend time with everyone in Cologne.

Here’s to a great show, bis bald!

See below for the show opening times.

The Xbox booth at gamescom
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 – 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Saturday, August 20 – 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CEST

/ Larry Hryb / @majornelson

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It’s that time of the year again: E3 is just a few weeks away! That means now is the perfect time to start sharing some of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events.

Today, we’re announcing the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will take place Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2016 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on Xbox.com, the Xbox Twitch Channel, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or on the big screen at your local Microsoft store. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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For more Xbox news at E3, we’re also happy to share that we’ll be bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3 – from breaking news and exclusive announcements to trailer reveals and interviews with game creators. I will be hosting the one-hour show with Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and will include a variety of guest stars and prominent industry figures. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.  Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

This year, Xbox is partnering with Twitch to bring gaming fans wall-to-wall coverage of the entire week of E3. Go behind the scenes, catch the latest announcements, and watch the best Xbox games in real-time. You’ll be able to watch everything on the Xbox Twitch channel from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 16.

Finally, if you’re in LA during E3 week, we’ve got something even bigger for you. Once again, Xbox will be giving 500 lucky fans a ticket for exclusive access to Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. The Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 is from Monday, June 13, through Wednesday, June 15. Tickets will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Monday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center
  • Access to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Monday afternoon, June 13th.
  • A can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on Tuesday evening, June 14th, at the Premiere House at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center.
  • A custom-built backpack filled with gaming swag
  • Play time with all-new exclusives and our biggest blockbuster games coming this holiday
  • The chance to meet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

Today, we’re happy to share some new details on just how you can go about taking part. First, as with previous Xbox FanFests you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and have an Xbox Live gamertag. Next, you’ll need to get a ticket. Fans can line up at the Microsoft store at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles starting on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 p.m. PDT. Credentials will be distributed to the first 500 fans in line, then FanFest tickets will be distributed to credential holders the following morning, Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. The Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Lining up will take place near the Food Court, located on level 2. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also excited to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. In addition to already announced goodies like entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing and a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag, FanFest attendees will be invited to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on the afternoon of Monday, June 13 and a can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on the evening of Tuesday, June 14 at the Premiere House at Regal LA Live.

Of course, we’ve still got plenty of awesome E3 experiences for those fans that can’t make it to Los Angeles for FanFest. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel. Today, we’re excited to reveal that Jessica Chobot and Julia Hardy will be joining Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos) and I as hosts of the show.

You’ll also be able to catch an Xbox Briefing Post-Show Special with Geoff Keighley and other surprise guests on the YouTube Live @ E3 show. The dedicated 30-minute Xbox show kicks off Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m. PDT and will break down and dive deeper into some of the hottest news coming out of our briefing.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information, as well as rules and regulations, on Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

These are just a few of the activities Xbox has planned for the week, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates on E3 2016!

Whether you’re attending PAX East or following from home, you can join in the fun and enter to win an Xbox One and custom controller featuring designs inspired by Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Overwatch, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, and IGN.  Best of all there’s no purchase necessary!

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Snap and share a photo of one of our custom controller designs with #XboxSweepstakes or retweet @Xbox’s #XboxSweepstakes post during the sweepstakes, which runs from April 21 through April 24.  For more details and all of the legal stuff, be sure check out the Official Rules.

If you’re at PAX East, stop by the Xbox Booth (we’re in 5044 and 6044) to check out these custom controllers in person and play some of the most anticipated upcoming titles and new releases.  We’ll be featuring Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 6 Porsche Expansion, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Overwatch, and Cuphead.

Get immersed in the year’s most unique gaming experience at our Quantum Break photo booth or visit our unique ombre styling salon in honor of our new ombre fade finished controllers, Dusk Shadow and Copper Shadow.

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Events:

Gears Esports Pro League Season 2 Finals starting Saturday April 23rd at 11:00 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch.

Major Nelson Radio Podcast Panel starting Saturday, April 23rd at 4:00 pm in the Dragonfly theater. Details here.

Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel starting Sunday, April 24th 10:30 am in the Albatross Theater. Details here.

Halo Championship Series Pro League Invitational starting Sunday April 24th at 11:30 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch. Details here.

Check out the Xbox Events Page for full details and all of the latest on Xbox at PAX East. Hope to see you there!

PAX East is one of the premiere gaming shows and is being held from April 22-24 in Boston, MA. Specifics about what Xbox has planned will be announced soon (and I will share them here) but I can confirm I will be there with a couple of my regular podcast co-hosts for the Major Nelson Radio PAX East 2016 panel. Also scheduled to join us during the panel – Aaron Keller, Assistant Game Director for Overwatch: Origins Edition, coming to Xbox One on 24 May.

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The first 500 fans attending the panel will receive an Overwatch Early Access Beta key for Xbox One (full details about the Overwatch beta here). I’ll also be giving away some other cool prizes including Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle.

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Saturday, April 23, 4:00PM – 5:00PM,  Dragonfly Theatre

We’ve been here since the beginning of PAX East in 2010. Six years later we are still being allowed in. Quick, come see this live show before someone figures it out! Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, lollip0p, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning officially unofficial Xbox-centric podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a you, our studio audience.

It will be an hour of awkward audience participation, Xbox prizes, guests, and maybe some fun.

Maybe.

Note: Due to legacy commonwealth blue laws, clowns and/or open toed shoes are not permitted before, during, or after this session. Please plan accordingly.

 

See the official PAX East Schedule here.

If I’m not at my podcast panel, you may find me attending other panels, walking around the showroom floor or hanging out at the Xbox booth. If you see me say hi.

For more information about the Xbox booth including a list of games being featured at the show, check out Xbox Wire or the Xbox Events site. For general information about PAX East, check out the official website.

 

Tom Clancy’s The Division is scheduled to release on 08 March and we’re celebrating the midnight launch at the Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave in New York City.

If you’re in the area, join me for an evening of food, music and prizes plus gameplay and special guests, including from Ubisoft’s Red Storm Studio, Producer Tony Sturtzel (@TeeSturtz) and Game Director Terry Spier (@The_Spier). We’re also going to have Twitch streamers Swiftor and Futureman Gaming on site streaming from the store with fans.

There will be a chance to win exclusive Tom Clancy’s The Division items, and the first 200 customers to purchase Tom Clancy’s The Division for Xbox One will also receive a limited-edition poster as a gift.

Time: Monday, March 7 – 9:00p ET to Tuesday, March 8 – 1:00a ET (lineup begins at 8:00p ET)

Location: Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave (677 5th Ave, New York, New York 10022) (Directions)

A general view of the atmosphere at the grand opening of the new Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in New York. (Mark VonHolden/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

Notes: Complimentary credentials will be distributed to the first 200 people in line at 8:00 PM ET on March 7. Each credential will be your ticket for the array of raffle prizes announced that night. In the event that more than 200 people arrive at the same time when the line opens at 8:00 PM ET we will randomly select the 200 lucky winners to receive credentials. Arriving prior to 8:00 PM ET does not increase your chances of winning the credentials. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

For more details about the event – check out the Microsoft Store’s Tom Clancy’s The Division NYC Event page.

For more details or to pre-order the game – check out my blog post.

NOTE: If you don’t live in the area or are unable to make the event – don’t worry, I have an opportunity for you to win a “Tom Clancy’s The Division Limited Edition Xbox One Console” + copies of the game. You can find all of the details here.

I’m looking forward to the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division and can’t think of a better place to celebrate the launch than in New York City where the game takes place. If you don’t live in the area or can’t make it to the event, don’t worry – I have some special plans for my online followers too (details coming soon), so keep checking back or follow me on Twitter for all of the latest information.

I hope to see you in New York.