Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out next week. That sort of bundle is perfect for me, as I have only ever finished the first game. Single player is one thing though. The Halo multiplayer is what firmly cemented the popularity of the franchise. The developers of the collection have just announced the Halo Championship Series, an official Halo eSports league.
The “Halo Championship Series”, or HCS, was born of 343 Industries’ desire to curate a quality eSports experience – for pro players, enthusiasts, and spectators – by creating a single sanctioning body for Halo. Designed to foster the best environment and platform for competitive multiplayer, the HCS will showcase, sponsor and support existing tournament organizers in the growing landscape of eSports today.
To help fulfill this ambition, 343 Industries has teamed up with Twitch, ESL, and various tournament organizers to create a year of high-stakes action featuring Halo 2: Anniversary, the newly reimagined multiplayer engine within Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
I know many fans consider Halo 2 to have the best multiplayer in the entire series, so it makes sense for it to be the title of choice for this new eSports push. I’m not entirely sure if we in South Africa will be included or eligible to take part in this league… I somehow doubt it. Even if we are, playing a FPS against teams around the world is hardly favourable. I’m sure we will have our own tournaments and such announced soon enough though.
The Halo Championship will be structured 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.
– 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.
– At the end of each season, 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.
343 Industries will be sharing more details about the Halo Championship Series at the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament, taking place this Saturday, November 8 and Sunday November 9, where 32 of the world’s biggest names in FPS eSports will be facing off for their share of $50,000 to celebrate the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection
If you’d like to follow the action, remember to bookmark this page. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be launching here on November the 11th. Will you be getting it? I certainly would, if I had a Xbox One. If you have one lying around that you don’t need, please be sure to let me know!
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Last Updated: November 6, 2014