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Halo spawns its own eSports league, $50,000 tournament

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Just in time for the November 11 launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft and developer 343 Industries have unveiled a new eSports league dedicated entirely to the publisher's flagship shooter franchise.

"The 'Halo Championship Series', or HCS, was born of 343 Industries' desire to curate a quality eSports experience - for pro players, enthusiasts, and spectators - by creating a single sanctioning body for Halo," Xbox Wire explains. "Designed to foster the best environment and platform for competitive multiplayer, the HCS will showcase, sponsor and support existing tournament organizers in the growing landscape of eSports today."

The first season of the Halo Championship Series will begin in November and will see teams of four battling in both online and LAN events. The winners of these events will earn Halo Championship Series points and those teams with the most points will be invited back to compete at the finals in March. Final details on what those teams will be competing for are still being nailed down, but oversized checks and equally oversized promotional t-shirts are a solid bet.

More details on the Halo Championship Series will be made available on November 9, when 32 of the world's top Halo players battle for a share of a $50,000 purse at the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational Tournament. The tournament begins on November 8 at 5PM Eastern Time and you can catch the whole thing on the official Halo Twitch channel.
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