343 Industries, has announced a new eSports league dedicated purely to Halo. Held in conjunction with the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, this new league will create a single sanctioning body for overseeing all competitive Halo games; and it starts with a US$50,000 grand prize tournament.
The Halo Championship Series will begin shortly after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this month. Teams of four players will compete in online and offline tournaments to earn points throughout the league pre-season. At the end of this period, which 343 is currently saying will be March, the top teams will be invited to the grand finals. No details have been provided for the finals have been provided, so there is still some waiting to be done.
An invitational tournament to celebrate the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be held on 8 and 9 November; where additional details about the championship series will be revealed.
Halo has lost quite a bit of ground to other triple A first person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty, not to mention the competitive first person shoot scene is mainly dominated for Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Whether this exercise is capable of bringing the shine back to a series that has not had a new release since November 2012 remains to be seen; although it might spur Electronic Arts and Activision to do the same for their own games.