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HCS ORLANDO MAJOR

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HCS Orlando Major

KEY INFO

  • Date: September 23 - 25
  • Venue: Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) - North Concourse - 9400 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Event Type: Major
  • Eligibility: Global
  • Broadcast: Twitch and YouTube
  • Spectator Tickets: Available here Wednesday June 29th at 10:00 AM PT
  • Team Pass: Available on August 15th
  • 4v4 Prize Pool: Starts at $250,000
  • FFA Prize Pool: $5,000
  • Top 12 teams will qualify for the Halo World Championship!
HCS Major Trophy on a podium

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

HCS Orlando will feature the standard Major format, detailed below.

  • OpenBracket: This will be a double elimination bracket where the top 8 teams will move on to the next stage in the tournament. The top 4 from the winner’s bracket moving forward into pool play, and the top 4 from the elimination bracket (or lower bracket) moving on to the championship bracket (starting in the elimination bracket portion).
  • PoolPlay: We will be providing accommodation and travel stipends for 16 qualified teams made up of teams from North America, Mexico, Europe, and Australia / New Zealand. Teams will be  drawn into 4 pools of 4 where they will be joined with the top 4 teams from the Open Bracket to play in a single round robin format. The Top 2 teams from each pool will go into the winner’s portion of the championship bracket. The 3rd place team will go into round 3 of the elimination portion of the championship bracket. The 4th place team will go into round 2 of the elimination portion of the championship bracket. And finally, the 5th place team in each pool will go into the 1st round of the elimination portion of the championship bracket where they will start in the first round and will face off against teams coming from the elimination portion of the open bracket. 
  • Championship Bracket: Ultimately, a 24 team double elimination championship bracket-style will determine the tournament winner. This is the culmination of the both the open bracket and pool play, the winner will take home the lion’s share of the $250,000 starting prize pool. Think you’ve got what it takes to make the championship bracket? 
  • Free-For-All: Once the open bracket has concluded, we will be hosting a Free-For-All tournament with a $5,000 prize pool open to all of those in attendance.

HCS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Aside from the 16 Pool Play qualified teams, 2 teams from each region (8 total) will earn travel coverage to the Orlando Major through the HCS Open Championships. These 8 teams will play through the Open Bracket. (ANZ will NOT have an Open Championship. Those 2 spots will be claimed at the ANZ Regional Finals.)

While all teams are eligible to register for the Open Championships, only the Top 16 NA/EU teams and Top 8 MX teams with the most HCS Points will be invited to compete! (No HCS Points will be earned through the Open Championship itself! To see the HCS Points ladders, head to hcs.ee.gg.)

Tournament Dates:

  • NA/EU/MX: August 27-28

Registration will go live at a later date!

VENUE, TICKETS, AND TEAM PASSES

Venue:  Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) - North Concourse

Address:  9400 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

GENERAL ADMISSION 3-DAY TICKETS 

VIP 3-DAY TICKETS (VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY) 

  • Early Entry to the Venue on Friday (Get the first look at the stage and venue) 
  • Dedicated Entry Line at Check-In 
  • Access to the VIP Lounge and private bar 
  • Limited Edition VIP Credential 
  • Exclusion Production Tour on Friday morning with backstage access and onstage photo opportunity.  
  • Early access to the Free-for-All Competition Check-in (30 minutes before general admission) 
  • Surprise Exclusive Giveaways 
  • VIPs will earn the "Grand Finals" exclusive Twitch Drop. (without having to watch Grand Finals)
  • Price: $100 

Partnered Team Codes: In order to provide extra value to fans and also allow fans to support their favorite teams directly, you can use any of the below codes at check out to receive a 10% discount on your tickets. When you save 10%, the Teams receive 10%.  

Support your favorite team and get a discount on spectator tickets. If you use a team's code, be sure to share on Twitter and tag the teams so they know you've supported them! 

Military Discount: MLT for 10% off

Senior Discount: SNR for 10% off

Team Passes: Available on August 15th

TRAVEL

WHERE TO WATCH

Catch all the action live September 23 - 25.

TWITCH DROPS

As always, Twitch Drops will be available all weekend long. More info on what will be up for grabs will be shared at a later date!

$5,000 FFA TOURNAMENT

The Orlando Major will also feature a $5,000 FFA tournament, open to all attendees! The tournament will take place on-site on Saturday September 24th.

Competitors who win the online FFA Qualifiers ahead of the event will also earn travel coverage to compete in the FFA at the Orlando Major!

Registration open at a later date!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Check back soon!

FAQ

When will the HCS Major Orlando 2022 take place?The HCS Major Orlando 2022 will take place September 23rd - 25th, 2022.
Where is the event taking place?The HCS Major Orlando 2022 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) - North Concourse - 9400 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Where can I purchase tickets?You can purchase Spectator passes here. You can purchase Team Passes on August 15th at 10:00 AM PT on HCS.ee.gg
Is there an age limit?All 4v4 and FFA Players must be 13 years of age or older to compete at the HCS Major Orlando 2022. Players 13 years of age or older require a signed parental consent form if under the age of 18.

Spectators 13 years of age or older require a signed parental consent form if under the age of 18.

Spectators under 13 years of age will need to be accompanied by guardian. Children ages 3 and under will not require a ticket, but will require a completed parental consent form and be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Download the Parental Consent Form.

Please bring the completed form to the event and have ready to hand in at the ticketing desk.
What if I am under the age limit at the time of qualification but meet the age requirements by the event date? Can I still participate?Players will need to be of age by September 5th, 2022.
Where should I park and is parking free?You can check here for all paid parking options near the event.

OCCC North Concourse: 9400 International Drive, Orlando FL The North/South Building parking lot can be accessed by two entrances - Universal Boulevard (north side) or International Drive (south side). Using the entrance off Universal Boulevard is encouraged when attending events in the North/South Concourse. https://www.occc.net/attendee-parking
Do you have appropriate seating and parking for individuals with medical conditions?The event is ADA compliant and accessible.
Are pets allowed?Only service animals are allowed at the event.
I am with the press and would like to cover the event. Who should I reach out to for information and Press Access?Please submit your inquiry using our Press Credential Request form.

For any additional help, email xboxpress@assemblyinc.com
I have other questions – where’s the best place to ask them?For Orlando specific questions, email us at HCSeventsNA@ee.gg

For HCS program and eligibility questions, email us at HCS@ee.gg
Are there any prohibited items?Halo Championship Series Prohibited Items

ACCEPTABLE:
- Cosplay and other costumes determined to be safe by security
- Prop/Replica weapons as part of cosplay or other costumes (Must be submitted to security for review. Cannot contain a functioning bolt mechanism or fire a projectile of any kind)
- Any bow-type weapons must be unstrung or strung with a low-tensile thread. All prop arrows must have soft, non-metal, blunted tips made out of foam or cardboard only.
- Cannot be pointed at any individual in such a way to cause fear of harm or distress
- Cosplay firearms must have brightly colored safety tips Must be visibly tagged and visually identified as “safe” or “peace bonded”
- Cell Phones
- Action cameras, such as GoPro’s
- Prescription medication (you must have the prescription/label in your name with you)

PROHIBITED ITEMS* (below list is a guide, not all inclusive):
- Illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
- Weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, ammo, pocket knives, sharp-edge blades, self-defense sprays, or any item deemed as unsafe by security staff
- Flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
- Bags lager than 12″ x 12″ x 6″ max
- Coolers, sleeping bags, tents, and chairs (An exception will be made for medically necessary items after thorough inspection)
- Outside alcohol
- Outside food and beverage
- Bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
- Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
- Animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability (“Comfort,” “therapy” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the ADA definition of a service animal. Security may permit working dogs or other animals as required.)
- Laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
- Noisemakers such as megaphones, air horns, sirens, whistles, or other devices which may interfere with others’ experience
- Any item that is not lawfully permitted to be carried in the locality or City of Orlando.
- Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of Microsoft staff or security

*Note: Prohibited items and items determined to not be appropriate for entry into Halo Championship Series will be the responsibility of the attendee and cannot be accepted, stored, or checked by Microsoft or Convention Center.
What is your bag policy?Spectators and Open Bracket:

All Bags must be clear and under 12in x 12in x 6in to be allowed in the venue, and are subject to wanding and searches as needed. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5in x 8in x 1in are permitted.

Anything larger must follow the clear bag guidelines.
What are the closest hotels to the event venue?Please use this link to find nearby hotels options and rates. https://reservations.arestravel.com/hotel/list/15821/i4225?poiDistance=2
Where can I find the Handbook & Code of Conduct?You can find the HCS Handbook & Code of Conduct by clicking here.
What happens if I buy a team pass but qualify for group (pool) play?Teams that purchase a team pass and then qualify for group (pool) play will be refunded in full.
I’m coaching a team – do I need to purchase anything?A team pass includes tournament entry for 4 players and 1 coach. No additional purchases are necessary to coach.
Will there be a Free-For-All (FFA) competition at this event?Yes! The event will feature a free Halo FFA tournament, which will be open for up to 512 players and spectators. Best of luck to those competing for their shot at the $5,000 prize pool!

Must have a Spectator ticket or Team Pass to participate. More information will be released at a later date.
If I buy a team pass, do I have to play in the FFA?Purchasing a team pass does not mean you must play in the FFA nor does it automatically enter you. However, FFA is a great opportunity to prove your individual talent in the league and meet potential teammates for 4v4 competitions in the future.
I don't live in the United States. Can I still compete in this tournament?To check your specific country’s eligibility, please see the list of eligible countries as listed in the Handbook here.
When do rosters lock?For Pool Play and Travel Coverage teams, by 6:00 PM EST on Monday, September 5th 2022. If teams earned travel coverage to the open bracket via the Open Championship (or top 2-3 at the ANZ Regional), they must retain the same roster they used in the Open Championship (or ANZ Regional) that takes place from April 1st - April 3rd, 2022.

For Open Bracket teams, by 6:00 PM EST on Monday, September 19th 2022.
What equipment should I bring if I'm competing?All players competing must bring:
- Your preferred wired peripheral (Xbox wired Controller or Mouse and Keyboard)
- USB cord required for your preffered peripheral
- Headset with no power outlet and a 3.5 mm plug
- Wired Earbuds (needed for Feature Station and Main Stage play)

If you plan on competing with Keyboard & Mouse, you must submit your model number for each device to hcs@ee.gg ahead of the event.

Mixamps will be provided. Bringing backup equipment is recommended.
Which monitors will be used for the tournament?All tournament and warmup monitors will be played on BenQ Model XL2540K
How do I earn travel coverage?Lodging and travel coverage will be offered to 10 NA teams, 6 EU teams, 3 ANZ team & 5 MX Teams.

NA Players may qualify through:
- Top 8 teams in placement from the NA Super (pool play qualified)
- The top 2 NA teams in placement from the NA HCS Open Championship (open bracket travel coverage)

EU Players may qualify through:
- Top 4 teams in placement from the EU HCS Valencia Regional Championship (pool play qualified)
- The top 2 EU teams in placement from the EU HCS Open Championship (open bracket travel coverage)

ANZ Players may qualify through:
- Placing 1st in the ANZ HCS Melbourne Regional Championship (pool play qualified)
- Placing 2nd or 3rd in the ANZ HCS Melbourne Regional Championship (open bracket travel coverage)

MX Players may qualify through:
- Top 3 teams in placement from the MX HCS Mexico City Regional Championship (pool play qualified)
- The top 2 MX teams in placement from the MX HCS Open Championship (open bracket travel coverage)

For further information including travel coverage and seeding into the HCS Orlando Major 2022 please review the Event Rules linked here.

Note: Teams who earn travel coverage for the HCS Orlando Major 2022 via the open Championship must compete with their full roster from their respective Open Championship tournament. (No roster changes will be permitted)
How does travel coverage work?More information on how to receive earned travel coverage will be detailed at a later date.
What is the Prizing Breakdown?Prizing Pool Breakdown - Halo 4v4
Total $250,000
1st: $100,000
2nd: $60,000
3rd: $30,000
4th: $15,000
5th - 6th: $8,000
7th - 8th: $5,000
9th - 12th: $2,250
13th - 16th: $1,500
17th - 20th: $650
21st - 24th: $350

Prize Pool Breakdown - Halo Free-For-All
Total $5,000
1st: $2,000
2nd: $1,200
3rd: $800
4th: $425
5th: $200
6th: $150
7th: $125
8th: $100
What is the Pro Point Breakdown?Pro Points Breakdown - Halo 4v4
1st: 25,000
2nd: 15,000
3rd: 11,000
4th: 9,000
5th - 6th: 8,000
7th - 8th - 7,000
9th - 12th: 5,500
13th - 16th: 4,500
17th - 20th: 3,000
21st - 24th: 2,750
25th - 28th: 2,250
29th - 32nd: 1,800
33rd - 40th: 1,600
41st - 48th: 1,400
49th - 64th: 1,000

Pro Points Breakdown - Halo Free-For-All
1st: 15,000
2nd: 13,500
3rd: 12,750
4th: 12,000
5th: 11,250
6th: 10,500
7th: 9,750
8th: 9,000
9th - 10th: 6,000
11th - 12th: 5,250
13th - 14th: 4,500
15th - 16th: 3,750
17th - 20th: 2,800
21st - 24th: 2,450
25th - 28th: 2,000
29th - 32nd: 1,650
33rd - 40th: 1,300
41st - 48th: 1,125
49th - 56th: 950
57th - 64th: 750
65th - 128th: 375
I am a pool play team. What are my media day requirements?Pool Play Teams are required to be present onsite at the venue for media day, which takes place all day Thursday September 22nd. A schedule will be sent to your team closer to the event if you qualify.
I have other questions – where’s the best place to ask them?For Orlando specific questions - HCSeventsNA@ee.gg

For HCS Program and eligibility questions - HCS@ee.gg
Do team passes account for 4 players and 1 coach?Yes, The purchase of a Team Pass allows entry to the event and competition for 4 players and 1 coach only.
Do all the names for a team have to be submitted at once?No. Please visit the team management support page for additional information.
What types of payment do you accept? Online and onsite?All major credit cards are accepted. Cash payments will not be accepted at the event.
How will I get my tickets if I buy them online?You will receive a confirmation email from eventbrite with a QR code and printable tickets. Digital or print tickets will be accepted and scanned at the door at the event.
What if my tickets are lost or stolen?Please contact HCSeventsNA@ee.gg for more information.
Do you offer refunds?Spectator and VIP Ticket - Refund Policy:
- Esports Engine will only be considering refunds for tickets until August 16th at 6:00 PM ET.
- Refunds requests will not be accepted after August 16th, at 6:00 PM ET, and must be emailed to HCSEventsNA@ee.gg
- No tickets may be exchanged for event credit with Eventbrite or 343/HCS events.
- Tickets are non-transferable.
- In the event that the event is canceled due to the organizer or COVID restrictions, refunds will be processed for all purchasers.
What if the event is cancelled?If the event is cancelled all tickets purchased will be refunded in full.
Can I show my tickets on my phone at the door or do I need to have the physical tickets with me?Digital or print tickets will be accepted and QR codes scanned upon entry. You must have all members of the parties accounted for with multiple tickets present to check in at the same time. Tickets are only scanned once.

Fans will receive a wristband that corresponds with their ticket type.
Do you offer military or senior citizen discounts?If you are purchasing a ticket online - please use the code MLT (for Military) or SNR (for Senior) to receive 10% off your ticket.

For the Military discount, please be prepared to present your Military ID. For a senior discount, you must be 55+ years of age.

Any questions about codes or eligibility please email HCSeventsNA@ee.gg.
What does general admission mean?General Admission (GA) refers to seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will my seats be together?General Admission (GA) refers to seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis.
What should I do if I don't receive my tickets?Please contact HCSeventsNA@ee.gg for more information.
Is my multi-day ticket good for either or both days?3 Day GA or VIP tickets are acceptable for all days of the event. You will receive a wristband or credentials that you must keep with you for all of the days to re-enter.
The name on the ticket doesn't match the attendee’s name. Is that okay?This is allowed, however you must have all members of the parties accounted for with multiple tickets present to check in at the same time. Tickets are only scanned once.
What does a VIP ticket include?HCS Orlando VIP Package includes:

- Early Entry to the Venue on Friday (Get the first look at the stage and venue)
- Dedicated Entry Line at Check-In
- Access to the VIP Lounge and private bar
- Limited Edition VIP Credential
- Exclusion Production Tour on Friday morning with backstage access and onstage photo opportunity.
- A rundown of the venue and various areas including knowledge and insight on what it takes to get everything set up and working
- The tour ends with an opportunity to get on the main stage for a group photo
- More information will be emailed out closer to the event Early access to the Free-for-All Competition Check-in (30 minutes before general admission)
- Chance to win Exclusive Surprise Exclusive Giveaways
- 10% off on HCS Apparel and Merchandise
- VIPs will earn the "Grand Finals" exclusive Twitch Drop. (without having to watch Grand Finals)
What are the COVID event's guidelines?Per current federal, state and event organizer guidelines, Major Orlando will have no COVID requirements for teams or spectators for entry or while in the building. Halo and event organizers will work to continue to monitor the situation and update protocols for safety as needed.
Do I need to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test?Per current federal, state and event organizer guidelines vaccine or test results will not be required.
Will I be required to wear a mask or face covering, or other PPE, while at the event?Per current federal, state and event organizer guidelines masks are recommended but not required.