Microsoft is jumping into the eSports scene with fervor, as the company today announced the Halo Championship Series.
The series will also act as an official eSports league for the franchise and will see to developer 343 Industries partnering with Twitch, ESL and other major eSports entities to form a support structure to conduct regular tournaments.
According to a new Xbox Wire post the first season of the Halo Championship Series will kick off shortly after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and run from November through March of 2015.
Teams of four Spartans will compete in a structured series of online and in-person LAN events, where each official match will award HCS points.
At the end of each season, teams with the highest HCS point totals will be invited to compete at the HCS season finals in March 2015. 343 Industries has promised to publish the official rules set of the HCS in the coming weeks and by then players will be able to register their teams and begin competing.
Before this competitive Halo has never been given the attention it deserves. In the past we have witnessed plenty of tournaments but never has an official hand extended itself to bring longevity to the Halo eSports scene.
Microsoft now intends to form an official group that will take care of rules, teams, tournaments, streams, rewards, and more; much like how League of Legends and Dota 2 are catering to their own fan base.