Spectators at this weekend's match-up of professional video gamers at the Raleigh Convention Center will get to see "Gears of War 3," the much-anticipated new game from Cary's Epic Games, in action.
Two teams of pro players will take on four members of Epic's development group Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit competition. It's a return engagement for MLG's Pro Circuit, which also staged a competition in Raleigh last year.
More than 1,000 pros are expected to compete for more than $120,000 in prizes playing games such as "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and "Halo: Reach" this weekend. The action on three stages will be shown on giant video screens with live commentary.
A Pro Circuit event in Anaheim, Calif., attracted more than 20,000 spectators this weekend.
Spectator passes good for the entire weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center are available for $25 here. The event also will be streamed online.
"Gears of War 3" is set to launch Sept. 20. The first two installments of the franchise have sold more than 13 million copies.