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Report: New Xbox Gamerscore model will reward elite players

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Career loot for those who excel at single games

Halo 5: Guardians - Master Chief looking up
Esports players will be able to claim Career rewards
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Microsoft is reportedly working on a new achievements system for Xbox designed for those players who tend to focus heavily on a small number of games.

According to Windows Central, the new “Career” system will sit alongside the current Gamerscore program, which rewards points to players for completing certain in-game goals. Most games offer a limited number of achievement points, which are soon collected by dedicated players. They are aggregated to create an overall Gamerscore.

This system rewards people who play and complete lots of games. But it doesn’t reward highly proficient players of individual games, such as esports competitors. The new Career achievements will likely be based on in-game levels and ranks, which will yield cosmetic loot boxes.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the plan, though Windows Central reports that the company is “actively committing code and other systems to support its functionality.” In a previous interview with the same outlet, Microsoft’s corporate VP of Xbox program management Mike Ybarra said: “We can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status. Whether it’s somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2,000 Gamerscore, you want to be able to celebrate that person. You want people to be in the know.”