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Microsoft to host game launch events, plus fighter game tourney in Philadelphia

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In honor of two highly anticipated upcoming releases, Microsoft will hold a series of launch events at Microsoft stores across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The events are for ‘Madden NFL 15’ and ‘Destiny’ and attending customers will also receive some extra perks. On August 25, 2014, Jeff Rubenstein posted a major announcement on the Microsoft Major Nelson blog about the big events taking place over the next two weeks.

For ‘Madden’, gamers can sign up for local tournaments in their area between August 26, 2014 (Madden’s release date) and September 5, 2014. In addition, on September 6, 2014, Microsoft will hold an all day kick off party for the ‘Madden NFL 15’ release weekend. The party will be full of giveaways, and the first 25 people to pick up their copy of ‘Madden’ will win a special gift bag from the National Football League. There will also be trade-in specials for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which will give you earnings towards a new purchase.

Microsoft will also hold a midnight launch event for the much awaited science fiction thriller by Bungie and Activision, ‘Destiny’. Its official release date is September 9, 2014. However, on September 8, 2014 at 10 pm gamers will have early access to the visually stunning first person shooter.

As a bonus, customers will also receive giveaways, including a $10 gift card to put down on a pre-order for any upcoming game, ‘Destiny’ included, or Xbox Live, if ordered online.

Users can visit Microsoft’s specially created Facebook event page for details on the ‘Madden NFL 15’ Launch Party on September 6, 2014. Gamers will be able to find participating local stores, as well as find facts about the tournament.

There is also a special Facebook event page for the midnight launch of ‘Destiny’ on September 8, 2014. This page has links to your local stores and more details on giveaways at the event.

In local tournament news, this coming Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, native tournament host, Big E Gaming will host Summer Jam 8 on August 29, 2014 through August 31, 2014. Gamers will battle in a competition for 19 games with an opportunity to win up to $4,950.

The Summer Jam 8 tournament will be held at the Holiday Inn Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. Big E Gaming, Team Spooky, Team TFC, and The Stream Co. sponsor it. The tournament games include ‘Mortal Kombat 9’, ‘Super Street Fighter II Turbo’, ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’, ‘Tekken Tag Tournament 2’ and more. You can find the full list of games and registration fees for both players and spectators at

You can keep tabs on other fighting game tournaments coming up in the Philadelphia area, by liking the Facebook page of Big E Gaming. You will be able to find game lists, prize notices, and location announcements. They have already announced Northeast Championship XV Anniversary as the upcoming tournament listed for December 2014.

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