Think you've got what it takes to frag the hell out of Cliffy B, Mark Rein and other hot shots from Epic Games, in a manly match of Gears of War? If so, you'll get your chance to prove yourself this Saturday, February 24, in a developer showdown event that everyone is welcome to join. Well, everyone from Europe with an Xbox Live account, at least. But that should be more than enough to keep the folks at Epic busy during those couple of hours.

Playing host to the event (no pun intended) will be Lead Designer Cliffy B and Vice President Mark Rein, along with a dozen more designers, programmers and artists from Epic. Marcus Fenix wannabes are being asked to check their chainsaws and grab some ammo, because this is their chance to find out if they can mix it with the guys who created the game! To join in the fun, check the developer showdown page on, or simply follow these instructions:

"The battles will take place on the Old Bones and Raven Down maps, both available now for free download on Xbox Live Marketplace. Just add the GamerTags below to your Friends List, get on Xbox Live between 1900 and 2100 on Saturday 24 February, then wait for your invite to play the developers of Gears of War!"

Saturday 24 February 2007, 1900 2100 GMT

Add the following GamerTags to your Friends list then get on Xbox Live between 1900 and 2000 GMT on Saturday 24 February 2007 for your chance to play:

EPICEMEAMR (Mark Rein, Vice President)
EPICEMEACB (Cliff Bleszinski, Lead Designer)
EPICEMEARF (Rod Fergusson, Producer)
EPICEMEALP (Lee Perry, Lead Level Designer)
EPICEMEAJB (Jim Brown, Level Designer)
EPICEMEADN (Dave Nash, Level Designer)
EPICEMEARD (Ray Davis, Lead Programmer)
EPICEMEAJG (Joe Graf, Programmer)
EPICEMEARM (Rob McLaughlin, Programmer)
EPICEMEAPH (Pete Hayes, Artist)
EPICEMEA01 (Additional Epic Staff)
EPICEMEA02 (Additional Epic Staff)
EPICEMEA03 (Additional Epic Staff)
EPICEMEA04 (Additional Epic Staff)
EPICEMEA05 (Additional Epic Staff)
Break a leg, and frag a dev!
They're only human.