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Content Creators Wave 5

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Back in October we brought a new set of HCS Grassroots content creators into the program and opened up applications for Wave 5. When it was all said and done, there were hundreds of applications in our inboxes for us to review. Before getting into the results, we just want to share a huge THANK YOU for all the content creators who are not only creating on a daily basis for the Halo community, but those who also believe in the program and want to be a part of it. Regardless of whether you are in...

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Welcome back! This is the third installment in our blog series, Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem. The goal of this blog series is to detail how we are working to develop a healthy and sustainable ecosystem for Halo esports. If you’re interested in our philosophical approach to esports as a fan, player, team, tournament organizer, or sponsor, then this blog series is for you! If you’re hoping to learn specifics about format and roadmap, stay tuned -- more info will be released as we get...

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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In this month’s blog we’re going to do a deep dive into tournament operators. What’s the role of tournament operators? (outside of the obvious running of tournaments) What are the types of tournament operators we’ll be working with? How do we select the tournament operators we work with and what’s that process like? How does HCS Grassroots fit into the picture? Let’s do this!

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Welcome to the first installment in the Building the Halo Esports Ecosystem blog series where month by month we will do a deep dive examination into how we at 343 Industries are working to develop a healthy and sustainable long-term esports ecosystem for Halo Infinite. The main focus of today’s blog is to set the foundation for how we think about the ecosystem as a whole, and details our mission, our overall goals, and more.

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Pro Series Events Continue

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The Halo 5 and MCC Pro Series tournaments have returned for 2021! Hit the link to see all of the dates and prizing for the upcoming tournaments, as well as format changes including the move to double elimination for the open events. Best of luck to all teams competing!

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Content Creators Wave 4

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With the shift in Halo Infinite’s release, we’ve decided to press “play” on bringing in new content creators and are continuing to move this part of the program forward again for the time being. The HCS Grassroots program remains a key part of our strategy and our partnership with tournament operators and content creators is critical to the long-term success of the competitive Halo ecosystem. Today, we are very excited to bring in yet another Community Tournament Organizer as well as a group...

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Halo 5 Pro Series Announcement

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As Halo Infinite continues to bake in the oven, we wanted to provide some updates on what to expect in Halo esports in the near future. Since the announcement of Halo Infinite’s shift to 2021, we’ve been working as quickly as we can with our partners to provide some competition for players to keep busy and sharpen their skills until the HCS returns for Halo Infinite. Introducing more Halo 3 tournaments for the remainder of the year, as well as the Halo 5 Pro Series in North America, Latin...

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HCS Esports Engine Announcement

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Back in November as part of our celebration of the 5 Year Anniversary of the Halo Championship Series (the official Halo esports league), we revealed the first details of our vision for the future of Halo esports. We shared our ambitions to put together a thriving ecosystem for all players, teams, and partners to flourish in, and our plans to release a full 12 month esports roadmap before launch, to name just a few. To build the greatest esports program Halo has ever seen, it will take a...

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What's Next For HCS

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On this day 5 years ago – the Halo Championship Series was announced. Before we go any further, there’s one thing we need to say – thank you. First and foremost, thank you to all of the players – for your dedication to this franchise and the game you love, through thick and thin. Thank you to the fans who have cheered from the comfort of their own homes, and from the dozens and dozens of events around the world. Thank you to the tournament operators who put their blood, sweat, and tears into...

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live.halo.gg

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Introducing live.halo.gg – an experimental extension of Halo esports’ home on Waypoint leveraging the Maestro service that will serve to showcase HCS Grassroots and official HCS content regardless of what platform they’re available on. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest core multiplayer and competitive content the community has to offer – whether it’s happening live right now or freshly-posted VOD – look no further. As the HCS Grassroots program continues to add more content partners...

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Content Creators Wave 3

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Since the HCS Grassroots program was announced, it’s been amazing to see just how many people in the community are continuing to produce content, and how many are starting out for the first time. In February, we revealed which content creators were accepted into the HCS Grassroots program in Wave 2. For Wave 3, we received hundreds of applications and after reviewing each and every one of them, we’ve narrowed down the list to just four.

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Introducing FACEIT Ignite

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Late last year we held the final official HCS tournament for Halo 5: Guardians, and kicked off the HCS Grassroots program as part of our efforts to lay the groundwork and solidify the foundation of Halo esports for the future. In the six months since the program launched, we’ve seen incredible support from the community – from fans, to content creators, to tournament organizers, and everyone in between. Most importantly, the community has really stepped up to support each other. We’ve seen...

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