Following Halo Infinite's early release schedule, ESL Gaming has announced its partnership with the title's developer, 343 Industries, as the Official Tournament Operator for Halo esports across all of Australia and New Zealand ('ANZ') and will host tournaments in the region from 2021 onwards. Under the DreamHack brand, ESL Gaming will also be operating tournaments for the HCS in Europe.
Josh Inman, General Manager at ESL Australia, commented on the partnership, stating:
“Halo means a lot to our team here in ANZ - that’s why we’re so excited to partner with 343 Industries with whom we share the same goals of building a long-lasting competitive ecosystem, and local scene, for the game”.
For fans wanting to support the scenes growth and development, the partnership has included various in-game cosmetic items which are available to purchase for in-game credits. A portion of the revenue from all purchases from this bundle will be shared with ESL Australia, directly contributing to the Halo esports ecosystem within the region, and marking a first for players within Australia and New Zealand being able to directly support a local tournament organizer from their region via in-game purchases.
The partnership will allow ESL to work alongside local esports teams, HCS Grassroots partners, and community esports organizations to build a solid foundation in which a Halo ecosystem can thrive. Following 343 Industries’ 2021/2022, ESL Australia will be hosting ‘Regionals’ and ‘Supers’ tournaments (live and online, respectively) with players earning qualifications to Majors via success within Regionals and qualifications into the Halo World Championship via Majors.
“I would encourage every Halo player across the region to check out this fantastic opportunity to compete, and look forward to showcasing all we have planned for 2022 in the near future.” ESL Australia General Manager, Josh Inman.
All details can be found on the official Halo blog here.
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