Halo Infinite Esports
Yesterday we announced that as part of our ambitious esports plan for Halo Infinite, which includes having a 12-month roadmap available at launch, we've partnered with the industry veterans at Esports Engine. This experienced team, which is made up of long-time Halo fans and founders of MLG, will serve as our Global Management Partner for the Halo Infinite esport program. In the words of our Lead Esports Producer, Tashi: "Esports Engine have been integrated with the HCS team here at 343 Industries as we've been building out the program. Whether it’s ecosystem design, format and league operations, broadcasts, and more, the Esports Engine team are equipped to help us fully realize our vision for Halo Infinite esports." Esports Engine's CEO, Adam Apicella, joined Tashi in person to chat about the program's vision, how the we will work together, and how much fun we're going to have at Halo Infinite tournaments.
We're excited, they're excited, and you should be excited too. To read the full written announcement by Tashi, simply click right here!
DREAMHACK ANAHEIM | FEBRUARY 21-23
Tomorrow the DreamHack Halo Series kicks off in Anaheim and will feature the first tournament for Halo on PC! On top of the $50,000 Halo: Reach 4v4 tournament, the DreamHack crew will also be organizing a $5,000 FFA competition for the lone wolves among the crowd. If you haven't already planned your trip to Orange County yet it might be a tight squeeze, but you can always tune in online and show your support for Halo esports from home.
For those of you attending the event, you should be able to find all the information needed below in this list:
For those of you watching from afar, you can catch the event broadcast on mixer.com/DreamHackHalo & twitch.tv/DreamHackHalo each day at the following times:
- Friday: 2pm PT / 5pm ET
- Saturday: 12pm PT / 3pm ET
- Championship Sunday: 10am PT / 1pm PT
And if you'd like to make sure you're getting additional updates about the tournament, whether you're at the event or at home, I'd also highly recommend following @DreamHackHalo and @HCS on Twitter.
The DreamHack staff have also added a $2,000 competition for Halo: Reach campaign speedruns on select campaign missions. Friday's Top 24 runners and Saturday's Top 24 runners will be face off on Sunday for the grand prize. To help add to the excitement on site legendary Halo speedrunner, ProAceJoker, and Grifball extraordinaire, DJBluePDX, will be there to call the action for this community-focused event!
Microsoft Store Halo
The next Microsoft Store Halo event will be taking place in just over a month on Sunday, March 29! In addition to competing for Xbox Game Pass prizes, all players who participate in their local tournament will also receive the new "Make it a Venti" nameplate in MCC which is exclusive to MS Store event attendees. That means grab a friend, compete in this Halo: Reach Doubles tournament, and get rewarded no matter what.
You're probably all used to me saying it by now, but always be sure to double-check your store's specific event information and register ahead of time on smash.gg/mrshalo!