The Halo Championship Series has announced changes to their competition schedule because of the delay of the release of Halo Infinite.
It is titled The Halo 5 Pro Series and it will be played online. The total cash prize pool is $63,000 across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The competition will run between September 26th and December 12th. It consists of a collection of open and professional tournaments held weekly. There will also be four “Season Championships” broadcast on Twitch and YouTube.
The Halo Championship Series will also continue the Master Chief Collection Pro Series, competitive esports played in the remastered version of the original Halo trilogy. The prize winnings for these tournaments have doubled from $500 dollars to $1000. In a press release from the Championship Series, they said the tournaments would continue because of “the continued support of Halo 3 from the community”.
The introduction of the Halo 5 Pro Series is meant to fill in the gap left by the delay of Halo Infinite. It was initially slated for release in holiday 2020 but the pandemic and concerns about the graphics of the game have caused delays into 2021.
In a blog post about the new events, an organiser wrote that, “Since the announcement of Halo Infinite’s shift to 2021, we’ve been working as quickly as we can with our partners to provide some competition for players to keep busy and sharpen their skills until the HCS returns for Halo Infinite.”
The esport was expecting a surge of interest because of the release of a new game and a sudden influx of new players but they need to bridge the gap until they can announce a new competitive schedule around the new game.