ESL Master Chief Collection Launch Tournament Live Stream: Watch As 8 Pro Halo Teams Compete For $50,000 In Halo 2 Anniversary
The second Halo: The Master Chief Collection tournament is kicking off shortly, this time only bringing the best of the best out to compete in Halo 2 Anniversary for a $50,000 total prize pool and a $20,000 first place reward.
You can view the stream of the event in the video embedded below, which will go live at 5 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. PST. The competition is invite-only, meaning no open general public enrollment--eight teams of four made up of only top Halo pros are fighting it out for the money and pride.
The teams formed for the even consist of players who competed in Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo Reach, so the quality of play is sure to be at an elite level. Some of the players involved helped keep the community alive through the past few (relatively lean) years, while others such as Tom "TSquared" Taylor are coming out of retirement after long successful careers to compete. Halo 4 Global Champion and $200,000 prize winner Aaron "Ace" Elam is competing as part of Optic Gaming, the favorites for the event based on the PAX Prime Showdown performance.
Halo developers 343 Industries and Microsoft recently announced the Halo Championship Series, the first console developer-run league. This first tournament is not part of the circuit, but ESL and Twitch will partner with the developers once the competition gets under way--you can read details about its future here.