Project Celeste is the premier free to play rehosting of Age of Empires Online, in accordance with Microsoft's "Game content usage rules". You can download it here: https://forums.projectceleste.com/threads/installation-guide...
Project Celeste brings the whole game back (sans alliance wars bonuses, all 3 sets of quests are unlocked for all players instead), with brand new maps, tilesets, huntables, cosmetic gear and structures, quest lines and city locations, and have the Romans civ coming soon! (ETA March 2020 https://forums.projectceleste.com/threads/roman-civilization... )
As stipulated as requirements for legal use in the GCUR, all the content is free, and the community uses donations to fund server infrastructure and tournament prize pool costs! Players have access to all 6 civs, and there is ZERO microtransactions in the game.
All the tournaments are played on https://www.twitch.tv/projectceleste/ , and reuploaded on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5gS69ffCAeqvJrqWvlnZgg
Playlists of the last 2 tournaments, all finals, and nearly all qualifiers streamed and casted!:
Gerda's Gauntlet, August 2019:
Cup of Beer 4, December 2019:
A list of the 2019 Community Challenge VODs:
Week 1 (Saturday 5/10/19):
Week 2 (Saturday 12/10/19):
Week 3 (Saturday 19/10/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0SL1SBesg
Week 4 (Saturday 26/10/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERKXPCIYSoU
Week 5 (Saturday 02/11/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE43Kk7zxY8
Week 6 (Saturday 23/11/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi5kuCWFFj4
Week 7 (Saturday 7/12/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Z4JDIvO2Y
Week 8 (Sunday 15/12/19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E26p0NQySus
Hope to see you on the field! Player level and gear does not matter, nor do advisors in Sparta (ranked) or arena (custom) PvP! A new UI for Arena and Skirmish is in the works, but I can't really give an ETA on that until the other side of the new civilization's release next year!
The PvE content and cosmetics have also been vastly expanded, and continue to do so! A recent change to many advisors to improve their viability released last week (https://forums.projectceleste.com/threads/advisor-balance-ch...) and the new Winter Event is coming shortly after christmas!