Halo Infinite’s first esports tournament will happen this year

Halo esports lead Tashi confirms that a date and venue for the first Halo Infinite esports tournament have been booked

Players and casters gather on stage in front of red and blue banners as pyrotechnics shower them in sparks

Halo esports lead Tahir ‘Tashi’ Hasandjekic has detailed the Halo Championship Series plans for streaming and content around Halo Infinite’s release later this year. While the team will still support competitive tournaments and “hardcore modes,” Tashi explains that “a healthy ecosystem must have a diversity of content and audiences.”

He explains his full thought process in the latest “Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem” blog on Halo Waypoint, saying that developing an excited, interested, and engaged community of viewers will sustain Halo esports long after Halo Infinite is released.

While fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that they will be able to attend Halo Infinite esports events in person, nobody knows whether that will be possible even by the time the game releases. However, Tashi explains that fans tuning into Twitch streams and getting excited in the chat are just as important as those at a LAN event. “Fans and viewers give energy to the scene and make it more exciting for everyone,” he says in the blog.

However, as we approach the Halo Infinite release date, plans for tournaments are already coming together. Tashi tweeted on Saturday, April 3, that he had recently “locked in” the date and venue for the first Halo Championship Series event – assuming everything is safe by then.

Tashi teases that we’ll get more details in summer, but the tournament will be operated by Esports Engine and will take place in 2021. In the Halo Waypoint blog, Tashi says the team is playing a lot of aspects close to their chests, including information about viewership rewards, which could see Halo partner with streamers or services to incorporate Twitch Drops or co-streaming into its broadcasts. The HCS Grassroots program is already highlighting Halo streamers, so we expect to see this grow as we get nearer to Halo Infinite.

The blog also confirms that official HCS tournaments “will not be exclusive to any platform,” however the team will be launching a dedicated Halo Esports YouTube channel in the future.

“We want to turn casual viewers into serious fans,” Tashi says, and the buzz is already building. Fans are understandably excited about the prospect of a new Halo esports series this year, and Tashi and the esports team at Microsoft and 343 Industries are committed to making the experience exciting for all.