The inaugural year of the Halo Championship Series Pro League saw the best Halo teams across Europe and North America battle in the regional Summer and Fall seasons. With more than 2.3 million unique viewers and immense growth season over season in 2016, the HCS Pro League is set to return in North America and Europe following next year’s Halo World Championship in the spring.
The North American HCS Pro League will once again span two seasons in the upcoming year with eight teams competing across seven weeks of the online regular season, culminating in a live Summer and Fall LAN relegation and finals. The North American Summer 2017 Finals will be held on the showfloor at DreamHack Atlanta on July 21-23 and the North American Fall 2017 season will conclude at DreamHack Denver on October 20-22.
The North American Finals will see the top six HCS Pro League regular season teams face off again the best two teams from the Open Bracket Relegation. Any full team to show up at DreamHack with 3-day visitor passes can enter the Friday and Saturday open tournament for a chance to compete in the next season of the HCS Pro League and even for a shot at the championship title. The bottom two HCS Pro League teams will need to prove themselves in that same bracket and fight for a spot in the Sunday finals!
ESL will also support other tournament organizers in 2017 by contributing prize money to promote grassroots activities and LAN tournaments.
“It’s been amazing to be a part of the successful first year of the HCS Pro League,” said Timo Karamustafa, senior product manager at ESL. “We’re excited to provide the game’s competitive community with more Pro League and support for grassroots tournaments as ESL continues its investment into Halo esports.”
“We are tremendously excited to bring the HCS Pro League Finals to DreamHack Atlanta and DreamHack Denver,” said Michael Van Driel, business development director at DreamHack. “2016 was a huge year for DreamHack; hosting our first ever events in North America, however our first events didn’t feature any FPS console esports. So this partnership with ESL and 343 Industries makes perfect sense to bring an explosive end to the HCS Pro League Summer and Fall seasons, and implement an open bracket component so all visitors to DreamHack can participate!”
“The HCS Pro League has proven itself to be the destination to watch and play top competitive Halo. It’s been amazing to see the level of competition from teams and players, and we’ve all been captivated by the rivalries and storylines that have formed,” said 343 Industries esports producer Tahir Hasandjekic. “For 2017, we’re excited to implement player and community feedback we received throughout the year and are thrilled to be a part of the legendary DreamHack events.”
Tickets for DreamHack Atlanta and DreamHack Denver are now available, so be sure to reserve a spot early with a 3-day visitor pass if you and your teammates want to participate in Relegation!