Today, we’re happy to announce three new Xbox Wireless Controllers, a new smaller Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10, and two new controller bundles for PC gamers. The new Wireless Controller designs include Green/GrayPatrol Tech Special Edition, and Volcano Shadow Special Edition.

Each controller pairs seamlessly with any Xbox One including the newest member of the Xbox family, Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console delivering immersive, true 4K gaming, 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range. For PC gamers, the new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 is half the size of the previous Wireless Adapter design, taking up less space around your USB ports.  You can get the adapter on its own or bundled with a black Xbox Wireless Controller. Also for PC gamers, we are offering the new navy blue Patrol Tech Special Edition controller with USB cable bundled. Read below for more details on the exciting designs and features. 

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Gray

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Gray features a sleek, two-tone gray design with eye-catching green accents at the base of the thumbsticks. The controller is available for pre order for $64.99 USD at select retailers worldwide including microsoftstore.com and will start shipping August 3.

 

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Volcano Shadow Special Edition

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Volcano Shadow Special Edition is the newest of the Shadow series we introduced last year. This controller features a matte black top case and sides that fade to a fiery red metallic finish. The buttons, triggers and D-pad have a glossy black finish with red highlights on the ABXY and menu buttons. The controller is available for pre order for $69.99 USD at select retailers worldwide including microsoftstore.com and will start shipping August 3.

 

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The Xbox Wireless Controller – Patrol Tech Special Edition is the second controller in our Tech series and is inspired by military technology and performance patterns found in airborne navy patrol units.  Premium finishes like a laser etched texture, silver accents and insignia are on the front of the controller. The back of the controller features our fan-favorite rubberized diamond grip for added control and comfort.  This new controller is available for pre order for $69.99 USD at select retailers worldwide including micrsoftstore.com and will start shipping September 5.  You can also get it bundled with the Cable for Windows for $69.99 at select retailers worldwide including microsoftstore.com starting October 17.

 

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The new and improved Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 enhances your controller connection when gaming on Windows 10 PCs and tablets.  It’s 66 percent smaller than the original Xbox Wireless Adapter for a smaller form factor and to fit better next to other USB devices you may have plugged in nearby. The Adapter offers wireless stereo sound support and the ability to connect up to eight controllers at once.  The new Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 will be available in select markets for $24.99 USD starting in August.  You can also choose to get the adapter bundled with the Xbox Wireless Controller for $79.99 USD.

All the new controllers include the Xbox Wireless Controller features that you know and love, including textured or rubberized grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR. You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App.

Visit xbox.comMicrosoft Storemicrosoftstore.com, or your local retail store for more information.

The Summer Spotlight is back and it’s time to celebrate! From July 25 to September 4 the Xbox Store will have over 30 new games coming to Xbox One, including the most anticipated titles of the Summer like Fortnite, Tacoma, and Sonic Mania. That means new games every week, so be sure to check my blog or the Xbox Store every Tuesday to discover all of the new games to play.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Marcus (GT: Spacyignignot) for winning the first place prize and Karen (GT: Slow GIN Fizz) for winning the second place prize. The rest of the winners have been notified via email. Thanks for all those who participated in the giveaway. Stay tuned as I’ll have more giveaways here and on Twitter soon.

To celebrate the Summer Spotlight, I will be giving away an Xbox One S, accessories, copies of every Summer Spotlight title + more. Details below!

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles:

July 14
Serial Cleaner

July 19
What Remains of Edith Finch
Moonhunters
Gigantic Ultimate Bundle

July 21
Conga Master

July 25
Fable Fortune
Infinite Minigolf
Aven Colony
Fortnite

July 26
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure
Gridd: Retroenhanced
Pressure Overdrive

July 28
Super CloudBuilt
Cyber Complex

August 01
Resident Evil Revelations
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
The Long Dark

August 02
Tacoma
Vostok Inc

August 03
Cuphead (pre-order)

August 04
The Way
Mr Shifty
Race Arcade

August 08
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season
Sine Mora EX
BLACKHOLE: Complete Edition

August 11
Jump, Step, Step

August 15
Sonic Mania
Ken Follett’s The Pillars Of The Earth
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August 16
Circuit Breakers
Conan Exiles (Xbox Game Preview)

August 18
Thumper

August 22
World of Tanks: War Stories
SwapQuest
The Escapists 2
Super Comboman: Smash Edition

August 23
Spartan
ChromaGun
Knock-Knock
Blacksea Odyssey

August 24
Bleed
Wolfenstein 2-pack

August 25
Path of Exile
Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
Mages of Mystralia
Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
Battle of the Bulge
Eventide 2: Sorcerer’s Mirror

August 28
Life is Strange – Before the Storm Deluxe Edition

August 29
Killing Floor 2
ARK: Survival Evolved
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder
Dead Alliance
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
Redout: Lightspeed Edition
Surf World Series

August 30
Feral Fury
Aeterno Blade
The Metronomicon: Slay the Dancefloor
X-Morph: Defense

September 01
White Noise 2
Songbringer

NOTE: Actual release dates and availability may change or vary by region. Titles included in the Summer Spotlight campaign that haven’t been released prior to the end of the contest will not be included in the giveaway.

This post will be updated as new titles are added and/or released. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get updates, find out about special giveaways, and much more. Enjoy the kick off of our Summer Spotlight this week, and be sure to visit Xbox Wire over the next few weeks for in-depth looks at some of the biggest titles to play this summer!

Also, Xbox Live Rewards members can earn 4,000 Rewards Credits for diving into these releases featured in Summer Spotlight. Click here for more information on the Xbox Live Rewards Summer Spotlight program.

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Summer Spotlight trailer below and register using the below form:

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

Check out the prizes:

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What are the rules?

Register to enter using the guidance above. Click here to see the full list of Microsoft Major Nelson Promotions Official Rules.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Tuesday, 05 September. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 06 September. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Keep your Xbox Wireless Controller charged with Controller Gear’s officially licensed Xbox Pro Charging Stand. The Xbox Pro Charging Stand is a premium high performing charging stand offering a sleek design and a seamless charging experience.

Xbox Pro Charging Stand:
• Manufactured with the same exact high quality and color material as your Xbox One Controller
• Masterful design that includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Ergonomically engineered to allow one hand navigation through your Xbox One dashboard while the controller is on the charging stand
• Display and charge your Xbox One controller with ease
• Officially licensed charging stand for Xbox One

Battery Cover:
• Engineered with a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time
• Each charging stand includes a controller coordinated battery cover to match your Xbox Wireless Controller
• The Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand battery covers are available in all 15 design lab colors to match your custom Design Lab Controller (available June 20th)

Rechargeable Battery & Power Cord:
• Includes rechargeable 2.4 volt battery; eliminates the need for Double-A batteries
• Quick charging – controller will be fully charged in 2 hours
• Long 6 ft. charging cable for convenience
• When plugged in, the LED on the front of the charging stand flashes 3 times. When the controller is placed on the charging stand, the LED turns orange to indicate the controller is charging. Once the controller is fully charged, the LED turns Green.

Purchase Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand from the Microsoft Store

Xbox Pro Charging Stands are now available in the following color options: Abyss Black, Robot White, Oxide Red, Photon Blue, Zest Orange & Military Green.

All 15 Xbox Design Lab Pro Charging Stand color options will be available June 20th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.

The Recon Tech Xbox Pro Charging Stand color option will be available July 14th exclusively at microsoftstore.com.

For more details or to order the Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stand – please visit the Microsoft Store website.

Visit the Controller Gear official website.

 

Starting tomorrow, April 11, fans can take advantage of the Spring Sale on Xbox with deals on more than 350 games, Xbox accessories, movies & TV shows, music and apps.

For the gamer, the Spring Sale includes deals for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 10. Xbox games are up to 67% off and an additional 10% off for Xbox Live Gold members. Popular titles and add-ons include Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, Overwatch, For Honor, and many more! If that’s not enough, choose from over 35 Backward Compatible titles on sale!

Not an Xbox Live Gold member yet? Sign in to Xbox.com and go Gold for $1 for the first month of membership until April 17th to save even more during the Spring Sale.

Some of these games support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability, allowing you to pick up and play from different platforms.

And for the first-time, Xbox Design Lab controllers will be included in the sale, and also check your Xbox console for exclusive deals on other controllers and headsets. In addition, Microsoft Store will also offer in store and online savings that include $30 off select Xbox games and 33% off select PCs.

Save up to 50% on hundreds of hit movies and TV shows including Arrival, The Big Bang Theory, the Resident Evil Complete Collection, Ghostbusters and more. From hot new releases to movie bundles to TV season passes, you won’t want to miss these deals. Apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Drawboard PDF, and the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack will also be included in the sale.

The Spring Sale starts tomorrow, April 11, so visit check back here or visit Xbox.com and Microsoft Store to take advantage of the deals before they end on April 17.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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The holidays aren’t quite over yet, and we’re excited to offer yet another promotion for your last-minute shopping needs. From Dec. 25 through Dec. 31, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console, you’ll get an additional gift at no extra cost. The offer will be available at most major retailers in the U.S., and each gift will vary. See below for the gift options that are available with your Xbox One or Xbox One S purchase:

  • For console purchases at Best Buy, Amazon or Walmart.com, get a free Xbox Wireless Controller
  • For console purchases at GameStop, get a free Xbox Stereo Headset in white or black
  • For console purchases at Microsoft Stores or Target build your gaming collection with a free game of your choice

Most participating retailers are also offering a special online-only deal for a $50 gift card in addition to a gift, so be sure to visit your favorite retailer before the end of the year.

 

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It’s been an exciting year for Xbox fans and this holiday is the perfect time to get your hands on the new Xbox One S. It’s the only console with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming plus High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video and gaming. This holiday season we are excited to have a variety of Xbox One S bundles and new accessories available for our fans and we wanted to share a comprehensive list of offerings. Over the past four months we announced several new Xbox One S bundles and you can see the collection below – some of which start at just $299. And for a limited time you can take advantage of two special offers available in the U.S at participating retailers; From now through October 29, buy any Xbox One S, and you will also receive a three month Xbox Live Gold membership at no additional charge. Or from now through November 11, when you buy any Xbox One or Xbox One S console or bundle, you can get $20 off towards the purchase of Gears of War 4. This holiday there is an option for everyone.

Make sure to check with your local retailer, xbox.com or microsoftstores.com for more specific details as availability and pricing varies in each market. Below are details and market availability across hardware offerings.

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Xbox One S Bundles

This year, with the launch of the Xbox One S we have more bundles to offer than ever before. The slimmer, redesigned Xbox One S, is the only console in the market with 4K Blu-ray giving you the ability to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with HDR for four times the resolution of standard HD, including content from partners like Netflix and, coming soon, Amazon Video. Xbox One S also offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) for supported video and games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, NBA 2K17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and later this year Battlefield 1 (with the completion of an online update)

With Xbox One S, you have access to more than 100 console exclusives, a growing catalog of more than 250 titles playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live. Xbox One S is the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system for all gamers.

Here are the Xbox One S bundles available this holiday season.

  • Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle (2TB): Featuring a gritty, battle-weathered custom console with a massive 2TB hard drive, laser-etched scratches, a bloody thumbprint on the controller’s red metallic D-pad and the iconic Crimson Omen on the all-new Xbox Wireless Controller. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle also includes a copy of Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for both Xbox One and Windows 10, and tons of extras. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle is available worldwide for $449 USD. As always, bundle availability and pricing varies by region, so please check with your local retailer for more information.
  • Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB): The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle comes with a Robot White Xbox One S with a 1TB hard drive, a matching Xbox Wireless Controller and copy of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, owning the digital copy of Gears of War 4 lets you play across both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, as all game progress, Gamerscore and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live. Available worldwide for $349 USD.
  • Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle (500GB): In addition to the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle, we’re also offering customers in the US and Australia a chance to pre-order the special edition deep blue console bundle with a 500GB hard drive and matching Xbox Wireless Controller. Available on November 1 exclusively at GameStop and Microsoft Stores in the U.S. (and at EB Games and Microsoft Stores in Australia) for $299 USD, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle also comes with a copy of Gears of War 4. To top things off, for a limited time, when you purchase the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle or the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle, you’ll get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for Xbox One at no additional cost.
  • Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle (500GB): The Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle has everything you need to build, survive and explore with the latest Xbox hardware. Priced at $299 USD, we’ve included over 230 character skins and additional content packs alongside Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10 so you can let your survival and creative skills run wild. If you play Minecraft on Xbox 360 this is the perfect bundle to make the upgrade to Xbox One S. You can transfer your existing Xbox 360 worlds over to the Xbox One Edition, and enjoy building new ones that are up to 16 times bigger. The bundle is available now at participating retailers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., as well as Western and Central Europe.
  • Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB): For the ultimate experience only on Xbox, get your hands on the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), which features a military green console with matching stand and controller, a copy of Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, Lawrence of Arabia Pack, a new visual appearance of the Behemoths, five Battlepacks and one month of EA Access for $349 USD. Available at retailers in the S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
  • Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle (500GB): Available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe for $299 USD, this exclusive bundle comes with a copy of Battlefield 1 Standard Edition, one month of EA Access and a 500GB hard drive to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history.
  • Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle (500GB or 1TB): Packed with everything footy fans need to jump into the season, the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle comes to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. with a full-game download of FIFA 17, three Ultimate Team Loan Legends, one month of EA Access and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive (1TB version also includes an Ultimate Team Rare Player Pack) to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, at $299 USD and $349 USD respectively. Head to your local retailer and pick up your Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle today!

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Xbox Accessories:

This holiday, we’re adding new accessories to our lineup, giving you more options than ever to help you customize how to play over 100 Xbox One exclusive games. Find out more about Xbox Design Lab, our new controller designs, Xbox Special Edition Stereo Headset, and new controller bundle below. Then be sure to check out our full accessories product lineup and local availability at Xbox.com.

  • Xbox Design Lab: To give our players even more choice and personalization with their Xbox experience, we recently launched the Xbox Design Lab, the first online customization program. Offering more than 8 million different color combinations to choose from, you can make the new Xbox Wireless Controller your own. Each controller costs $79.99 USD, and includes free shipping delivered within 14 business days. Xbox Design Lab is open for orders in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico by visiting the Xbox Design Lab.
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Give your gaming a helpful boost with the customizable Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Starting at $149.99 this controller adapts to your hand size and play style, so you get better control across all gaming genres. The new, faceted D-pad enables easier and more reliable combo execution, while the traditional D-pad provides precise control to change weapons or call in a strike.
  • Xbox Special Edition Stereo Headset: This comfortable, lightweight Special Edition headset allows you to privately listen to and chat in games on Xbox Live – the fastest and most reliable gaming network. It is also perfect for listening to TV or movies on your Xbox in rich, stereo sound. Plus, the white color is the perfect complement to the white Xbox One S console and matching controller. You can get the Xbox Stereo Headset – Special Edition for $64.99 at Microsoft Stores and GameStop in the U.S. and at participating retailers in all Xbox regions around the world in early November.
  • Black Xbox Wireless Controller and PC Bundle: We have also updated the black Xbox Wireless Controller in our PC controller bundles to give you the option to choose between either the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, or with the USB Charging Cable. Both bundles allow you to play seamlessly across your Xbox and Windows devices, giving you choice on how you connect to your PC – with Xbox Wireless, USB, or Bluetooth Xbox Wireless Controller in black and PC bundles will start arriving in stores worldwide in September and October respectively, starting at $59.99 USD.

We’re committed to offering the best value and choice for our fans and with a variety of new hardware options to compliment the biggest games lineup, you can create your perfect Xbox One experience.

The next chapter in the Gears of War saga is upon us and to celebrate the launch of Gears of War 4, Xbox has created a number of Gears of War themed Xbox One S console bundles and accessories to accompany the game, which is available in Standard and Ultimate Editions. Those who purchase the Ultimate Edition get access to the game TODAY – four days before the standard release date.

Go behind the scenes with the Gears of War creators

I have a few different posts covering some of these items, but I wanted to consolidate it all into one post, and celebrate the Gears of War 4 launch even further by giving away a couple consoles, some of these accessories, and of course – copies of the game.

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB) from Microsoft Store

Gears of War Controllers

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition

Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition

Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition

Gears of War Accessories

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gaming Headset – Gears of War 4 Edition

Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition

Marketing Instincts – Gears of War 4 – Limited Edition JD Fenix Controller Stand 2.0

Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0

PowerA – Gears of War Component Kit for Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

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Gears of War 4 Standard Edition

Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition

Here are just a few of the prizes I’ll be giving away. Specific details about prizing provided below:

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  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your answer to the question below using this form:

Gears Of War Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Grand Prize Winner:

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle (2TB)
Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition
Marketing Instincts – Gears of War 4 – Limited Edition JD Fenix Controller Stand 2.0
Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0
HyperX Gears of War 4 Revolver headset
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition
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Second Place Prize:

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB)
Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition
Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0
HyperX Gears of War 4 Revolver headset
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition
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Runner Up Winners: 5 runner up winners will receive a digital Xbox One code for Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition + COG Tag

  • What are the rules?

Submit your answer to the question using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Friday, 14 October. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions – check the availability of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified on or about 17 October. I will update this post with the grand prize winner after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you win. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered.

 

UPDATE: The winners have all been notified via email and all of the prizes have been redeemed. Thanks to all those who participated. I have more giveaways planned, so keep checking back.

Congratulations to Jeffrey – Gamertag: SpergleDergle86 – for winning the first place prize.

Congratulations to Stephanie – Gamertag: MiiSS BRuTAL – for winning the second place prize.