The Gears of War 5 era of Gears Esports started back in July 12 2019 where we saw 8 teams battle it out in the Eleague Invitational. Since then we have seen a total of 16 majors organized around the world. We have seen a total of 9 organizations reign champion throughout the history of the scene including UYU, Elevate and Pioneers.
Many expected OpTic Gaming to continue their reign of terror. Once the brand was sold and the players disbanded it opened up the gates for new players to take over the league. During the Gears of War 4 lifespan we saw OpTic Gaming win 12 of the 14 majors from 2016 to 2019.
The Gears of War community got hit with major news March 15th when Coalition Gears announced that the 2022 season of Gears of War 5 will be the last season of its esports program. This news comes after nearly 3 years and various ups and downs that changed the landscape of the scene. Whether it was the league dropping the entire Europe region or reinstating player payments. The team at Coalition Gears is sadly packing up and leaving without any news to share of the future of the franchise Gears of War.
"After two and a half years of near-constant Gears 5 action, today The Coalition is announcing that this will be the final season of Gears Esports as we shift our focus to future projects... In the meantime, we have lots going on this season with the Spring and Summer Majors, female tournaments and, of course, more Watch and Win rewards.... We've had fun, and we hope you have too."
Many rumors have surfaced since the initial announcement as to why Gears of War Esports is coming to an end. One of the most interested rumors is about how recently Microsoft has pumped millions into Halo Esports which negatively affected Gears of War. Many believe that this directly lead to Microsoft having to pick 1 or the other and Halo was picked. Though there is no evidence to this being true it does leave many to wonder what really happened.