If you’re a competitive Halo or an eSports fan, you know that Halo has been missing from the thriving eSports scene. This will no longer be the case because 343 has officially announced the arrival of the Halo Championship Series, set to start shortly after the release of The Master Chief Collection.
343 has partnered with Twitch, ESL and other tournament organizers to bring fans a years worth of amazing Halo 2: Anniversary action. The Halo Championship Series details are as follows:
- The first season of the Halo Championship Series will kick off shortly after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and run from November (preseason) through March of 2015.
- The official game of the Halo Championship Series is Halo 2: Anniversary.
- Teams of four Spartans will compete in a structured series of online and in-person LAN events.
- All officially sanctioned tournaments (LAN and online) will award HCS points to the top teams.
- HCS LAN event point allocations will be broken down into tiers based on total prize pool and bracket size. For example, a tournament with a $5,000 prize pool will award less points than a tournament with a $25,000 prize pool.
- Several established tournament organizers are already on board, and will be announcing their events shortly. In the coming weeks, additional tournament organizers will be able to apply to become an official HCS sanctioned partner.
- At the end of season 1, teams with the highest HCS point totals will be invited to compete at the HCS season finals in March 2015. More details to be announced.
- In addition to awarding official HCS points, 343 Industries and Twitch look forward to working with and supporting tournament organizers in a variety of ways to ensure the best experience possible for players and fans alike. This includes, but is not limited to financial support, tech support, promotional support, talent and production support, and more.
It definitely seems like 343 is making major moves, and plans on bringing Halo back into the eSports spotlight while on the road to Halo 5. But for now, let’s focus on the six short days until the release of The Master Chief Collection!