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 HaloWayPoint.com/HCS 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.