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Gears 5 Multiplayer Debuts at This Weekend’s ELEAGUE Gears Summer Invitational – Xbox Wire

In April 2019, Xbox and Turner Broadcasting announced that ELEAGUE, the premium esports content and live event brand from Turner and IMG, would produce the “ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series,” a six-part linear series and live tournament partnership.

Premiering in June 2019, “The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood has now run four of six total episodes on TBS, introducing the players and stories of Gears Esports and setting the stage for the worldwide premiere of Gears 5 Versus multiplayer. Starting this Saturday, July 13, the best Gears of War players from around the world will battle it out in Gears 5 Escalation at Turner Broadcasting’s elite ELEAGUE studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

The ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series Invitational will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/ELEAGUETV beginning at 10 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT on both Saturday, July 13 and Sunday July 14, kicking off with an exciting announcement on the future of Gears Esports.

Throughout the weekend, eight professional teams will play in the single-elimination tournament, with each match consisting of a best-of-three map competition. The Grand Final will be played as a best-of-five map showdown.

All eyes will be on Tox Gaming, the reigning champions of Gears of War 4 Esports. The Tox Gaming players (formerly Optic Gaming) have over 17 Gears of War trophies to their name, and have dominated the Gears Esports scene throughout Seasons 1 & 2 of The Gears of War 4 Pro Circuit. With the emergence of Gears 5, rival teams Reciprocity, Rise Nation, and Ghost Gaming will fight to establish a new era of Gears Esports dominance this weekend.

ELEAGUE has aligned with some of the most popular titles in the business such as; Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including the hosting of two CS:GO Major Championships – Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Dota 2, EA Sports FIFA 19, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Tekken 7 and Formula E.

Following the tournament, “The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood” will return to TBS on Friday, July 26 and Friday, August 2 at 11 p.m. PDT/EDT.

For more information about Gears Esports, please visit www.gears.gg and follow on Twitter @EsportsGears. Be sure to also check out ELEAGUE’s channels; @ELEAGUETV and www.ELEAGUE.com.

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Microsoft adds live broadcasting software to Teams

Microsoft has added live broadcasting software to Microsoft Stream and integrated the service with Yammer and Microsoft Teams. The move should help Microsoft compete against main rival Cisco, which has made the video platform Webex the centerpiece of its collaboration portfolio.

The vendor will soon give Microsoft Teams users the ability to host one-to-many live events from within the team collaboration app. The feature, released in preview this week, will eventually replace Skype Meeting Broadcast, although Microsoft did not provide a timeline for that transition.

Enterprises can use the live broadcasting software added to Microsoft Stream this week in a variety of ways. For example, companies could use the software to conduct in-house town halls or product launches.

Microsoft Stream works with webcams and lets presenters share files and their screens while attendees comment in real time. Microsoft has also partnered with video encoding vendors, including Telestream and Haivision, so that businesses can integrate Stream with third-party cameras.

Microsoft plans to give more customers access to advanced AI features in Stream later this quarter, including automated, searchable, speech-to-text transcripts. Stream also uses facial recognition to identify speakers, creating an interactive list of speakers that viewers can use to navigate the recording.

Microsoft live broadcasting software improves Office 365

The enterprise market for live broadcasting software is crowded with vendors, from consumer options like YouTube and Venmo to pure-play webcasting services like On24 and TalkPoint. Most web conferencing platforms, such as Cisco Webex and Zoom, can also host webinars.

Microsoft is trying to stand out by offering an integrated portfolio that connects the live events of Microsoft Stream with collaboration apps like Microsoft Teams. Combining the software makes sense because businesses already use Teams for messaging and online meetings, according to Adam Preset, an analyst at Gartner.

“Technology vendors that can keep their customers inside an ecosystem can add more value if everything works together nicely,” Preset said. “That can also displace competitors who would have a tougher time breaking in even if their solutions are more mature or stronger in other areas.”

Stream’s integration with Microsoft Teams means that messages and content related to both daily work and company-wide meetings will exist in the same place, making it easier to start and continue conversations stemming from those live events, Preset said.

Cisco has also sought to provide a one-stop-shop for collaboration by merging its team collaboration app, Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark), with its industry-leading web conferencing platform, Cisco Webex.

Skype for Business customers that use that platform’s live broadcasting feature will soon be forced to transition to Microsoft Stream. However, Microsoft’s recently demonstrated willingness to open the Teams platform to developers could lead to other live broadcasting services being integrated with the product.

“The pool of people running large events in Skype Meeting Broadcast isn’t as large as those using Skype for Business Online for daily messaging and meetings,” Preset said. “That smaller set of event organizers will be looking at a large set of alternatives for delivering broadcasts.”