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Road to HaloWC 2023

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The 2023 Halo World Championship event is almost here to bring Year 2 of HCS to a climactic conclusion with a $1,000,000 prize pool—save the date on your calendars for October 13-15.

With the return of the Community Stage, the cosplay contest, partnered team booth activations, and some special guest appearances, let’s get you a debrief on everything happening that’s going to make this the biggest year of HCS yet!

We’ll be updating this blog with new information over the coming weeks as new announcements are made regarding special guests, panels, and other elements of the event.


Winners of the 2022 Halo World Championship.

The Halo World Championship is not just the culmination of a year of HCS, but a celebration of the Halo community where there is something for every type of Halo fan to enjoy. From campaign to competitive, and everything in-between, the Halo World Championship is an event for everyone that provides epic entertainment against the backdrop of thrilling competition.

In the hallowed halls of the Seattle Convention Center, you’ll be able to meet with Halo developers, see jaw-dropping cosplays of characters and creatures from the Halo universe, and get hands-on with previews of the upcoming content in Season 5 of Halo Infinite. The Community Stage panels promise another round of conversation and chaos with a slew of special guests.

The event itself plays host to the final showdown between the best professional competitive Halo teams from across the world—a climactic clash of titans with a prize pool of $1,000,000 on the line.

But the competition doesn’t end there, as we’ve got some additional prize-winning opportunities at the event.

  • 4v4 Prize Pool: $1,000,000
  • FFA Prize Pool: $25,000
  • Cosplay Contest: $5,000
  • MCC/H5/Infinite Side Tournaments: $5,000

Like we had at Ft. Worth, the Halo World Championship will also have some “side tournaments” in Halo: MCC, Halo 5, and Halo Infinite that attendees can sign up for on-site for free. Further details on this will be announced soon.


A group of cosplayers at the 2022 Halo World Championship.

The 3-day VIP package ($250) has officially SOLD OUT, but you can still secure your 3-day General Admission ticket ($75) to make sure you don’t miss the biggest Halo event of the year! Full details on tickets can be found in the link above.

Single-day tickets will be sold at the door to make sure you can join in the fun as well!


Support your favorite teams and use any of the codes below at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your tickets—you save 10%, the teams receive 10%.

  • CLOUD9
  • FAZE
  • NAVI

Additional discount codes at checkout include:

  • MILITARY DISCOUNT: MLT for 10% off
  • SENIOR DISCOUNT: SNR for 10% off


Conversations happen on the Community Stage during the 2022 Halo World Championship.

We’ve got a bunch of special guests joining us for the Halo World Championship this year —stay tuned as we reveal who’s coming.



Similar to last year, attendees can expect a variety of fun, engaging panels and activities—from Community Playdates and deep dives into Season 5 of Halo Infinite, to memorable moments with special guests.

Stay tuned to Halo Waypoint in the coming days for additional details and announcements on everything you’ll experience at this year’s Halo World Championships Community Stage!



Cosplay from the 2022 Community Stage

The Cosplay Contest returns to the Halo World Championship, with a $5,000 reward up for grabs!

The Halo community boasts some of the most incredible cosplayers in the galaxy, bringing the Halo universe life with jaw-dropping dedication and detail. (Last year, WexyLex’s Halo: Reach Skirmisher was the star of the show, even performing Cortana’s emotional farewell scene alongside Jen Taylor!)

This year, contestants will compete in two initial heats of 12 participants (for a total of 24 participants) on Friday and Saturday and will be judged on four categories: Execution, Creativity, Complexity, and Accuracy. The three contestants with the top scores in each heat will move on to the final, held on Sunday, on the HCS Main Stage.

The Cosplay Contest has its own unique ticket—the Cosplay Contest Pass, which you can get here.

The Cosplay Contest Pass includes general access to the event for all three days and enables your participation in the Cosplay Contest. Cosplayers should pick which of the initial Heat 01 days work best for them, and each day is capped at 12 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Note that should you be invited to the Cosplay Contest Finals, you MUST be available to participate on Sunday, October 15 (time is TBD).

If you already purchased a General Admission or VIP Pass, you will be refunded the value of the General Admission Pass within the next 24-48 hours after purchasing a Cosplay Pass.

In order to facilitate communication, contestants will be asked to join the official Halo Discord server.

  • Registration: If you're interested in participating, please make a submission to HaloWC 2023 Cosplay Contest Form.
    • Once capacity for each day is reached, you make make your interest to participate known by being added to the waitlist (same form).
    • You'll be contacted if a spot is available.
    • No purchase necessary.
  • Schedule (2-day event)
    • Friday - Day 1 Qualifiers (up to 12 participants)
    • Saturday - Day 2 Qualifiers (12 participants)
    • Top 3 scores as determined by the judges from both qualifiers will be invited to the finals taking place Saturday evening
  • Rules:


The Halo Gear booth from the 2022 Halo World Championship.


Stop by the Halo Gear booth with your fireteam and bring a piece of the 2023 Halo World Championship back home with you! The shop will have event exclusives, new Halo gear and more all weekend.

And if you’re not able to make it, keep an eye out on the Official Gear Shop as a limited selection will also be made available, and be sure to follow @HaloGear for all the latest.


Gamers have the power to help, and the Halo community has always stepped up to support their fellow spartan. Learn more about this incredible foundation at their booth and learn what you can do to make a positive impact.


Channel your inner warrior at the booth hosted by the Marines. Back for their second year, there will be activities and challenges for you to test your mettle and see if you have what it takes to lead the pack.


Looking to get a little competitive? Several of the partnered teams will have booths onsite with activations and merch to get you excited, kitted out, and ready to cheer them on to victory.


The Halo World Championship is all about making memories with friends and fans, so grab your fireteam and take a snap to as part of this Halo celebration.


It isn’t a Halo event unless you can jump in and play with friends! Be sure to grab a seat and get hands-on with the playable experiences on-site all weekend.

We’re looking to bring Season 5 of Halo Infinite to the event ahead of its launch on October 17, and we’ll be following up here with further details on specifics in the coming weeks.



The coveted Halo World Championship trophy.

If you’re looking to experience the Halo World Championship and its myriad offerings from the comfort of your home, then be sure to tune in to Twitch and YouTube.

Follow and subscribe to each account to ensure you’re not missing any of the action—whether that action is the final series of showdowns leading to the grand finale that will crown the championship team of 2023, or the offerings of the Community Stage.

And, of course, you can earn Twitch Drops to further enhance your Spartan customization in Halo Infinite. Stay tuned to learn more about these in early October.

The countdown to the 2023 Halo World Championship is on, so be sure to secure your tickets today and get ready for the most exciting Halo event of the year!

Gather your fireteam, it’s time for a Halo celebration for the ages!