Esports tournament organiser ESL Gaming has announced a partnership with video game developer 343 Industries.
As a result of the deal, the organiser will assist with the operation of the 2021/2022 Halo Championship Series (HCS).
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Through ESL Australia and DreamHack, ESL Gaming will host a range of Halo tournaments across Europe, North America, and Oceania that will be a part of the ‘most robust Halo esports ecosystem ever built’.
The partnership also enables the organiser to earn revenue thanks to a cosmetic bundle that can be purchased within Halo Infinite.
Mike Van Driel, Senior Vice President of Game Management at ESL Gaming, commented on the partnership in a release: “ESL Gaming deeply believes in the Halo community and we will, together with 343 Industries, invest in funding the holistic support of these regions so the local scene can grow and flourish over time.
“This is a tremendous partnership and we are super excited to bring this experience to these communities, competitors and fans.”
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ESL Australia will host regional and ‘super’ tournaments in the region while DreamHack will host the same events in North America, alongside an on-site tournament at DreamHack Anaheim from February 11th-13th, 2022.
The HCS will commence on December 17th with the first tournament of the season taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event will feature teams competing for a share of $250,000 (~£186.183) in prize money.
Esports Insider says: Considering ESL Gaming’s previous support of the Halo esports circuit, it’s no surprise to see the organiser joining forces with 343 Industries in what looks to be a very exciting time for the HCS.