Halo Championship Series Pivots Due to Halo Infinite Delay – The esports Observer｜home of essential esports business news and insightsPosted by Esports 21 September 2020 in
The Halo Championship Series has announced a change to its competition schedule due to the delayed release of Halo Infinite.
The latest entry in the popular Halo series was expected to release in late 2020, but developer 343 Industries and publisher Microsoft were forced to push back its launch due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Like many esports which rely on new entries in a game franchise, Halo is an esport that will see a surge of activity when a new game is released. As such, the organizer had been preparing for a competition schedule which would have focused on the newest title.
Earlier this year, the HCS had signed a partnership deal with esports Engine to serve as its global management partner for esports activities related to Halo Infinite. With the game delayed, those plans must also be pushed back.
“Since the announcement of Halo Infinite’s shift to 2021,” the organizer wrote in a blog post, “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.”
To accomplish this, the HCS is implementing a Halo 5 competition series for North America, Latin America, EMEA, and ANZ which will run between Sept. 26 and Dec. 12. The series will feature a $63K USD total prize pool and be broadcast on both Twitch and YouTube.