With PC games like DotA, League of Legends, Starcraft, and CS:GO, basking under individual championships worth tens of millions, eSports has gone pretty big. It’s not surprising to see console games get their own spotlight too.
The Halo World Championship 2016 will be starting off tomorrow (18th March 2016). Over 900 teams with a total of approximately 4000 players will be going head to head in a grueling tournament. Sure, whoever makes it through to the top of the table will hold the Halo Championship trophy in all glory. In addition, the winner will receive $1 million of the $2.5 million prize pool. The winning prize money is the biggest amount that has ever been put up in console eSports history.
So the 900 teams that had originally registered into the Championship had been boiled down to 16 teams. These teams hail from Germany, the US, Mexico, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Tomorrow, they will go head to head for the trophy and prize money.
Teams based out of North America have almost usually been better, not to suggest they always win, but just better. So for teams based out of Mexico like Chosen Squad and Team Immunity, it will be up to them to prove that notion wrong. Fans from the UK are supporting their local top gunners, Epsilon eSports and Team Infused. Both have proven their mettle in various tournaments on stage. It will be exhilarating to see where they get to in the World Championship.
You’ve probably heard Counter Logic Gaming’s name a lot. These guys based out of North America are almost usually sitting near the top of the tables in tournaments. Evil Geniuses is another renowned name that got through the qualifiers into the top 16. Both of them have rivalled one another since the start of the Championship. It’ll be pretty neat if they end up facing one another in the top 16.
A lot of eyes are fixed on the top teams, Team Allegiance and Denial eSports. Both haven’t shown any signs of stopping their rampaging any time soon. Both are all set to take it all home. So that’s something to watch out for in the coming match-ups.
The playoffs start at 9 am PT on Friday and Saturday. Quite a lot to look out for.