By most accounts, Halo 5: Guardians has been a legit success for Microsoft and the Xbox division. Since its release, Halo 5: Guardians has gone on to surpass $400 million dollars in sales while also helping the Xbox team steal back a month from the PS4 as the ‘top selling’ console in the US during the month of October. It seems pretty apparent, there is demand for the fifth installment in the Halo franchise, and where there is demand, there is usually opportunity.
Thanks to a recent announcement from both 343 Industries and the Xbox team of a Halo World Championship will now give fans and gamers a chance to participate in the biggest Halo esports competition to-date. During the announcement, details had yet to be fully revealed. Fans were given some brief info about a prize pool and time frame.
Now it seems 343 Industries and the Xbox team are ready to share more about the tournament.
HaloWC Prize Pool at $1.7 Million and Growing!
Xbox and 343 Industries originally announced a starting prize pool of $1 million for the Halo World Championship, with the potential to grow through crowd-funding via the all-new Requisition System (REQ System) of Halo 5: Guardians. Since launch, the prize pool has grown tremendously because of the Halo community, bringing the prize pool to $1.7 million and is growing daily!”
For interested gamers and fans, registration for the Halo World Championship can head over to Halo’s esport portal, Halo.gg. The World Championships will be a mix of in-person as well as online hosting of events across the world. Fans in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Greater Asia, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia and the Middle East are all encouraged to participate in the World Championships.
Dates for events include:
- December 6, 2015 – Online Ladders Begin
- December 19, 2015, to January 31, 2016 – Online Qualifiers and Regional In-Person Live Events
- January 23, 2016, to February 21, 2016 – Regional Finals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia/Australia/New Zealand
- March 1, 2016, to March 20, 2016 – Halo World Championship Prelims and Finals
With a December 6 date for the Online Ladders starting up, that leaves a couple of weeks for Halo players to master the ultra competitive multiplayer arena of Halo 5. For those who would rather participate in the events as a spectator, the championship events will also be live streamed. Fan can tune-in to the Halo twitch stream: www.twitch.tv/halo or www.twitch.tv/xbox for all the multiplayer madness.
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