With the final 16 teams standing ready to face off in the battle tested arenas of Halo 5: Guardians for the 2016 Halo World Championship, Microsoft has confirmed that the initial million dollar pot has been sweetened to a staggering $2.5 Million. With that total locked in, the top teams will be fighting for much more than the honor of victory and the title of World Champion, but for a first place prize of One Million Dollars marking what Microsoft is claiming to be “the biggest individual prize pool in console eSports history.”
This achievement has been made possible by the worldwide Halo community supporting the optional microtransaction system in Halo 5: Guardians to crowdfund the prize pool with portions of each REQ pack purchase. With REQ bundles ranging in price from $1.99 to $99.99, we players have collected armor, weapon skins, and REQ cards to the tune of over $1.5 Million (which is roughly how many mongoose cards I have). For this I say we’ve managed to contribute in many ways to show the strength of the halo community and solidify the validity of the eSports genre.
As we rapidly approach the grand finals of the 2016 Halo World Championship season on March 18 – 20 the exact venue for these final showdowns has yet to be announced, though it is expected we’ll know by March 4th where these already legendary teams will collide for a final bout. The organizers of the HWC have however stated that the event will be held somewhere in Hollywood, California – though luckily we can tune in from the comfort of our own homes on twitch.tv.
To those 16 teams; Team Allegiance, Counter Logic Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Noble eSports, Renegades, Triggers Pound, Denial eSports, Epsilon eSports, FabE, exceL, Team Infused, Team Immunity, Team Exile5, Skyfire, and Chosen Squad I salute you and wish you many more killing sprees along the way.
For up to date details check out the eSports community on Halo Waypoint.
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