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Halo Championship Series

Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021

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Today, we’re excited to announce the HCS Kickoff Major taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 17-19, 2021 with a starting prize pool of $250,000. Once again, the Halo community will be united under one roof, and this time with an entirely new Halo game to play and watch. In tried-and-true Halo esports fashion, the HCS Kickoff Major will feature an open bracket, seating for spectators, as well as full main stage and featured stations for pool play and the championship bracket. To...

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Top 25 Greatest Players of All Time

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Halo: Combat Evolved launched on the original Xbox in 2001 and once players were finished fighting against the Flood and the Covenant, they quickly turned their crosshairs against each other for pure competitive bliss. What started as rivalry in the household quickly escalated to the neighborhood, local schools and in what seemed like a blink of an eye, Halo esports became a global phenomenon with the level of competition and stakes increasing year after year. We see Halo Infinite as a...

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Halo Infinite marks the next era in the franchise, and with it comes the next era for the Halo Championship Series. Behind the scenes, we’ve been hard at work for the last few years building out the ecosystem with Teams being a huge component of that. After getting tons of feedback on the partnership program, opening up applications, selecting the teams, building the in-game content, and signing contracts – we are finally ready to reveal the Teams that will be partnered with us for the launch...

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Today’s blog is pretty special. We’re detailing some critical information that will have a really huge impact on the ecosystem from players to Teams, sponsors, operators, and everyone in between because today we’re talking about competition platforms, competitions inputs, online platforms, and more. Let’s dig in!

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Enabling the success of our partners is critical to the success of Halo Infinite esports. Teams play a super critical role in the success of esports, and that role is increasing all the time. For the first time in Halo esports there will be an official partnership program for Team organizations to apply for and take part in. Our goals are to offer a path to long term sustainability for teams (and thus players and staff), grow viewership, and grow overall fan engagement. At a high level, the...

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Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem

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Welcome back! This is the fourth 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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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...

Halo Championship Series

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...

Halo Championship Series

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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