There are different types of tournaments for different video games such as Minecraft and the like and now the world’s largest independent e-sports brand ESL has partnered with 343 Industries to provide an official e-sports league for the video game Halo.

This announcement comes ahead of the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection but will start this month until March 2015.

The Halo version that will be used for the tournament is a remastered version of Halo 2.

The championship details:

  • Teams of four Spartans will compete in a structured series of online and in-person LAN events.
  • All officially sanctioned tournaments (LAN and online) will award the Halo Championship Series (HCS) to the top teams.
  • At the end of each season, teams with the highest points will be invited to compete at the HCS in the season finals in March 2015.

“ Halo is one of the most storied franchises in gaming and has such a rich eSports legacy,” said Craig Levine, Vice President, ESL America. “ ESL brings a proven track record of hosting world class competitions and broadcasts and are excited to be an official partner of the Halo Championship Series. In 2015, the HCS will crown a new generation of Halo champions and showcase Halo to millions of eSports fans around the world.”

“ Halo was one of the first console esports titles to rise to popularity a decade ago,” said Che Chou, Franchise Media Director, 343 Industries. “ With the HCS, we’re harnessing that passion and investing back into the community that’s still vibrant today. In addition, our partnerships with ESL and Twitch – both parties with years of invaluable expertise – will help us realize our vision of quality and equality for the HCS.”

More information about the HCS will be released at the Halo: Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational taking place on the 8th November 2014 until 9th November 2014. Thirty two of the world’s biggest names in First Person Shooter (FPS) e-sports will face off in the ESL Studios located in Burbank, California for their share of $50,000 prize pool.

The complete overview of the ESL Gaming and leagues can be found by clicking their names and an official handbook will be handed out in the following weeks. Then, players will be able to register their teams.