HCS Pro League EU Summer 2016 Finals Preview

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Over the course of the European Summer 2016 Season in the HCS Pro League, it has seemed like there are almost two divisions: FAB Esports – formally known as U4X – and everyone else. While defending Halo World Champions CLG have gathered the lion’s share of top-contender attention, FAB Esports have in many ways quietly put together the most impressive display of any team in either HCS Pro League region. FAB Esports easily topped the season standings at an undefeated match record of 10-0, losing only four individual games throughout the entire Summer campaign. Meanwhile, the rest of the standings were hotly contested all year, with every other team ending the season each only separated by one match. In the end, it was Infused, XMEN, and Vibe that earned the right to join FAB Esports in the Finals, leaving Dinosaurs and Pulse fighting for their HCS Pro League lives this Saturday in the Relegation Bracket. Here’s how the schedule breaks down for all of this weekend’s action:

WHERE TO WATCH

You can check out all the action from our live studio audience by purchasing tickets here, but if you can’t be there in person, you can catch it all streamed live on Twitch.tv/Halo and Halo.gg. Continue reading

Pro League Tickets on Sale NOW!

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The HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season is drawing to a dramatic close, as the top Halo teams and players from around the world are competing to etch their names in Halo esports history. All season long, fans across the globe have tuned in to cheer on their favorite squads, and today we’re excited to join our partners at ESL and KCON USA in announcing this opportunity for fans to watch their esports heroes in action live and in person.

In both the North American and European regions, tickets are now on sale to the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Finals, and we’ve got the details on the goodies and the glory up for the taking for those in attendance. Continue reading

Introducing HCS Listen-In

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The Halo Championship Series: Pro League is now officially underway, and Halo fans across the globe have had their dials tuned to Halo.gg for the latest news, standings, and info on top Halo players and teams. With Week 1 of the Summer 2016 season in the books, Halo esports fans now have a brand new destination to get their fix – but this time the action is all auditory. We’re excited to announce the debut of HCS Listen-In, the official Halo esports podcast.

Hosted by 343 Industries staff, HCS Listen-In will cover the latest news and rumors, recap and preview all the drama of the HCS Pro League, and give fans insight straight from the pros into the deep, exciting, and evolving world of Halo esports. From special guests that include experienced veterans and up-and-coming stars, HCS Listen-In will give Halo fans all over the world the official inside story on the HCS Pro League.

The inaugural episode breaks down all the Week 1 action – and looks ahead to Week 2 matchups – from the HCS Pro League, takes a closer look at the HCS Open Circuit, explores the latest roster moves, answers community questions, and more.

You can listen to the very first episode here on SoundCloud, and we’ll be releasing the show through other major podcast distrubitors very soon. Be sure to tune in each week as HCS Listen-In takes fans along for the ride on the road to the Summer 2016 Finals and beyond.

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HCS Pro League 2015 Summer Qualifier Preview

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California, here we come… Coming into this weekend, only two teams have locked up spots in the Halo Championship Series: Pro League Summer 2016 Season – Counter Logic Gaming claimed the first spot with their dominant win in the Halo World Championships this March, with their rivals Evil Geniuses sliding into the second spot by virtue of their outstanding win in the HCS Pro League Invitational at PAX East 2016 by ESL this April.

This brings us to the North American Summer Qualifier, which kicked off on the virtual battlefields this past weekend. Sixteen teams took to Xbox Live in the online round of the Summer Qualifier to narrow the field down to the top eight teams in the North American region. These eight teams are now on their way to Burbank, California to compete at the ESL studio on May 8. From there, they will battle it out in double elimination groups with the top four teams punching their tickets to the HCS Pro League for the Summer 2016 Season.

Let’s take a look at the eight teams heading to the west coast to capture Halo esports glory – and maybe even a nab a solid tan while they’re at it  Continue reading

HCS European Pro League Details Revealed

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Just a few short weeks ago, the top competitive Halo teams from around the world took the stage at the Halo World Championship in Hollywood, CA looking to call themselves the best Halo players on Earth. While the entire tournament was rife with unpredictable upsets and shocking comebacks, in the end there would be no doubt as Counter Logic Gaming saved perhaps their most dominant display for when the stakes were at their highest, dominating Allegiance in the finals to take the crown. Continue reading

HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier Details

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In the wake of the HCS Pro League Invitational at PAX East, we’re providing more details on the next qualifying tournament, the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier! This qualifier will consist of an online portion as well as an in-person portion. These tournaments will determine the next four teams that will advance into the HCS Pro League. Continue reading

Halo Championship Series Pro League Invitational at Pax East

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Just a few weeks ago, Team Allegiance and Counter Logic Gaming met in Hollywood, California to determine which team would stand atop the rest as the 2016 Halo World Champion. While only one team came away with the $1 million prize, both teams were to be invited directly into the HCS Pro League as a commendation for their incredible performance throughout the Halo World Championship season and final tournament. CLG’s dominant roster currently remains intact, but the members of Team Allegiance have completely disbanded leaving their spot in the league unfilled. Continue reading

Halo Championship Series Pro League Details

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During the Halo World Championship, we announced the imminent launch of the Halo Championship Series: Pro League – the next evolution of Halo esports. The HCS Pro League will celebrate the world’s top players and teams as they compete on weekly scheduled match days, and will also be accompanied by a robust open series that fosters the best up-and-coming talent as they fight to battle their way into HCS Pro League at the end of each season. Throughout the season, we’ll look forward to watching key matchups as top amateur teams rise to the top, and prepare for an epic season finals where both new talent and new champions will emerge. Continue reading

Halo Championship Series Pro League

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Last night (3-20-16), the two best Halo teams in the world went head-to-head in a thrilling World Championship final that has literally changed their lives. Today we signify the next evolution of Halo esports.

The Halo World Championship 2016 could be seen as a finale of sorts – the ultimate event in the Halo Championship Series sports calendar – but from our perspective, it’s really just the beginning.

We are pleased, proud and excited to announce the Halo Championship Series: Pro League – a long-term partnership between 343 Industries and ESL to grow, nurture and evolve Halo esports at every level of competition. Continue reading

Halo World Championship wrap up.

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Unless you were in a cave on a glassed world, you probably heard that the Halo World Championship was this past weekend. Certainly, if you have been coming to the blog here, you already knew that.

Well, just in case you didn’t watch the event or maybe even don’t know the results, I’m here to give a bit of a review of what transpired over the course of the weekend.

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Vote for the Mega Bloks HWC MVP

This weekend 16 teams will battle it out during the Halo World Championship 2016 Finals for the title of Halo World Champion and their share of a $2.5 million prize pool. But when the dust has settled and the winning team has been decided, there will still be another honor to be awarded – the most valuable player. One player will be recognized for his performance as an individual who has contributed to his team in an exemplary manner. The lucky recipient of this title will not only walk away with the honor and recognition of being the MVP of the biggest Halo tournament in history, but also this awesome custom BR MVP trophy provided by our friends at Mega Bloks:
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Get Ready for the Halo World Championship 2016

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With more than 900 registered teams and over 4000 players from around the world competing in the biggest Halo tournament ever, it’s finally time to find out who will stand at the top of the podium at the Halo World Championship 2016!

Starting tomorrow, 16 of the best Halo teams hailing from the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore will battle each other to determine who will earn the title of Halo World Champions and win their share of the $2.5 million prize pool. The winning team will be crowned Halo World Champions and receive $1 million – the biggest individual prize in console esports history! Continue reading