Nicholas “Cruzenjr” Cruz
Halo 5 came to a close at Dreamhack Atlanta 2018 after three long years. As players anticipate what is next for Halo esports, Halo Championship series announces the HCS Grassroots Program and initial tournaments planned for the future with both events hosting… *drumroll* Halo 3 on MCC for Xbox One. This has brought back nostalgia for much of the community and is even seeing potential returns for Halo professional greats that earned their start in the game. We look forward to the future at events, improving the community as well as overall Esports recognition and style, and future potential competitor highlights.
HCS launched the Grassroots program to be more connected to the community and to develop more content for viewers to see. Streamers can apply for a partnership by making content and overall promoting the game. Streamer partners can potentially receive promotion across HCS media platforms, giveaways and prizes, graphics, and hosts on channels. As the program grows with partner and community support, more can be added in. Along with that, the opportunity for several tournament organizers to work with HCS and create tournaments for several Halo games. Many would like to see an MLG hosted Halo 3 event, thinking back to nearly 10 years ago when they existed. However, there are others with potential that could bring a stand out event. It’s all worth the ride.
With the exciting return of Halo 3, rumors are floating around of former professional players, who got their start in Halo 3, are returning. The only one we know for sure is Roy/Royborg, twin brother to Lunchbox, who said in a stream on his Twitch channel “I’m back, I’m back … I’m not going anywhere”. The community is buzzing with viewership from some bigger streamers, and just more streamers in general, going live with the game. Some of Halo 3 MCC’s numbers are charting over Halo 5’s numbers in total. The initial partnerships of UGC and Gamers for Giving are the first to enter the Grassroots program, with the opportunity for more to host in the same way. UGC is hosting The Halo Classic from January 11 – 13 in St. Louis, Missouri, with a $30,000 prize pool for the Halo 3 4v4 event and $5,000 for an MCC side event. Gamers for Giving is hosting an event March 23 – 24 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Halo 3 2v2 tournaments.
In conclusion, Halo 3 seems to be surpassing Halo 5 and bringing the community and Esports back to previous heights. With two events coming up in the first quarter of 2019 and content coming from every angle, there’s never too much Halo. All the while, Halo Infinite info will be coming at some point soon. It’s exciting to see and we will keep an eye on the future.