Halo Championship Series
The Halo Championship Series return shocked everyone. Even though the esports scene never truly died, it was definitely in a rough spot without the backing of 343. The last official major was held in Atlanta during the 2018 series. We saw 16 teams battle it out for a million dollars. The now disbanded organization Splyce took 1st at this event securing half of the total prize money. Sadly since then Splyce has not been the only organization to leave the scene or to leave esports entirely.
We have lost over half of those teams in the past 3 years. Including Tox Gaming and Team Infused who both disbanded since then. Despite many organizations leaving the scene it did not discourage players to jump ship also. Many of those same players are still competing such as Renegade who is now on Cloud 9 for the 2021-2022 season.
Esports Partners Program
The Halo Championship Series also announced their Esports Partners Program. Which will feature 9 organizations at launch. This is expected to expand to at least 12 as the season officially kicks off. A lot of fans were surprised to see names such as FaZe and G2 Esports included in the program instead of ones like Luminosity who have supported Halo for over a decade. Not only can you support your favorite partner in game but by purchasing these packs you will directly be crowd funding the HCS.
The 2021-2022 season will feature over 100 total events for all 4 regions included in the Halo Championship Series. Among those online events includes 3 major LAN events, 4 regional LAN events and the Halo World Championship. The entire LAN circuit features $2,250,000 in total LAN prize money. This total does not include prize pools for online opens for all tier levels. We will see both Open and Pro Series throughout the year which will feature an additional prize pool of $750,000. This brings the yearly total to 3 million dollars before crowd funding.