XL is set to become the biggest Xbox and Xbox 360 e-sports tournament for the United Kingdom in 2006. Taking place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Toute Suite on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November, XL will feature competitive Halo 2 tournaments - Free For All, Double Team and Four vs. Four - and the first ever Pro Evolution Soccer 6 tournament in the United Kingdom. With cash and material prizes worth over £2000, XL aims to up the ante for competitive Xbox tournaments in the UK.
With several major sponsors in the works and the possibility of more to come, the event is to set the standard for competitive Xbox gaming in the UK for now and the future with many of the UK's major competitive teams confirmed to attend. In addition with consoles stationed around the room for free play all attendees can get in on the action.
The event is being organised by Matchbox360's events administration team Chris Barnes and Ryan Hughes.
"Months of hard work have gone into preparation for MatchBox360's XL. As part of MatchBox360's ongoing goal to unite the Xbox Live community we believe that we have established an e-sports event that will do the UK justice. We're ready to XL, are you?" - Ryan Hughes
"Following over 6 months of hard work and a variety of motorway services fast food, we are proud to announce the first "XL" event featuring the very best in Xbox LAN gaming action at the NEC Toute Suite in Birmingham. We are delighted to bring console gaming to the next level at one of most prestigious venues in the UK, with over 50 consoles providing the ultimate in Halo2 & PES6 competitions with freeplay all weekend. We promise MatchBox360 XL is going to be a weekend to remember..." - Chris Barnes
The Official Xbox Magazine 360 will have exclusivity for magazine coverage for the XL events, Ben Talbot from OXM had this to say:
"We're very excited to be involved with Matchbox360 for their first tournament. Members of the OXM360 team will be there on the day to take part in the competitions and join in the fun. This should be a great opportunity to crown some new champions and show all the UK gamers what you're capable of."
XL is a chance for the Xbox Live community to meet and compete all under one roof for a marathon weekend of gaming, have you got what it takes to XL?
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