It has been a long three years since the last major Halo esports event took place, way back in 2018. The Halo Championship Series was fought valiantly by a range of top-tier teams on Halo 5. Since that fateful series, the world of Halo esports has diminished somewhat, but it’s poised to make a huge comeback. With 2021’s Halo Infinite, the Halo Championship Series is set to return once again.
However, this time around, it’s a much bigger and more exciting premise. We’ll take nothing away from the 2018 event, but the teams featured therein weren’t world-class. In fact, many of the teams that fought in that particular competition have ceased to exist. In 2021’s Halo Championship Series, we’ll see some of esports’ finest teams take to the stage.
The Prolific Roster
Halo Esports was all too proud to announce the remarkable roster that would be competing in the HCS when it goes live. There isn’t a single name on the list that fans of esports won’t already know, and the release has filled the Halo community with anticipation. While there are plenty of esports tournaments going on around us, Halo has needed a desperate injection of excitement for years.
Here’s the roster:
Halo Esports has also explained that there is no franchising in this tournament. This is a tactic employed by the likes of the OWL and the Call of Duty League, and it sees organisations buy a space in the competition. These teams are simply the first to be offered a partnership with Halo Esports. While they’re not franchising specifically, it is alleged that the teams themselves are investing heavily in the ‘Halo ecosystem’.
In 2021, we’ll see a prestigious assortment of teams compete on Halo Infinite, almost all of them being world champions in one way or another.
Boosting The Community
Last year, it was announced by developers 343 Industries that the Halo Infinite multiplayer would be free to play. This announcement was received incredibly well, with fans around the world sharing equal measures of excitement and praise. It’s a move that’ll entice countless players onto the platform, further boosting the Halo Esports gains around the world.
And, as Halo Esports becomes more prominent, so too will the opportunities for fan engagement. For each of the teams competing in the Halo Championship Series, in-game customisation content will be made available. This follows a similar pattern to Call of Duty, whereupon fans can equip skins reminiscent of their favourite CDL teams.
It’s a basic but remarkably effective way to drive inclusion and engagement around the HCS landscape.
Watch For The Opportunities
As you can imagine, there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon. With the rise of the Halo Championship Series, more avenues for esports betting will start to appear. Furthermore, fans can expect a ranked mode in Halo Infinite similar to Call of Duty’s League Play mode, mirroring the HCS.
The launch of Halo Infinite is already a much-anticipated one – watch this space for further news and developments.
Halo Infinite is set to launch on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series platforms on December 8th, 2021.