Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has unveiled its Halo Championship Series (HCS) roadmap for 2024.
The new HCS season will include more Majors and events organised by teams, as well as Halo Infinite’s first Major in Europe.
The Halo Championship Series is the title’s flagship esports tournament series. The esports circuit consists of smaller events and online tournaments, as well as larger LAN events with prize pools called Majors. The HCS feeds teams directly to the Halo World Championship.
The 2024 season, called Year 3, will undergo several format changes, as well as new developments to the title’s overall calendar. The first notable change is the inclusion of more Majors, with four tournaments taking place this year — two in each Split. This is a major change from last year, during which there were only two Majors.
In addition, every one of the Majors will now be hosted by a partner team. 343 explained that the response from fans for last year’s events was very positive, so the company decided to double the amount of organisation-hosted events. The first Major in March will be hosted by OpTic, the third in July by FaZe, and the last one in September by Spacestation Gaming.
This leaves HCS with another large addition — the first-ever Halo Infinite Major in Europe, which is to take place in May in London, United Kingdom. British esports organisation Quadrant, one of the HCS partner teams, will host the event in May 2024.
The prize pools for this year will remain the same as last year, with a total of $2m (£1.57m) distributed across the Halo World Cup, the Majors and the online events.