- This year will feature two times more Majors than in 2023
- One of these will be in Europe, making it the first Infinite Major to be held on the continent
- Majors will be hosted by four partnered esports teams
343 is leaning into competitive Halo’s roots as it will host many more events during Year 3 of Halo Infinite HCS.
This Year’s Series Is Announced
As 2024 gets rolling, 343 Industries are preparing for the third year of the Halo Infinite HCS. The studio recently revealed its roadmap for the series, which will include more Majors and events organized by teams. 2024 will also see the first time a Halo Infinite Major be held in Europe.
The HCS (Halo Championship Series) has been the flagship esports tournament circuit of the game for years. It consists of smaller events and online tournaments, as well as larger LAN events, which are the aforementioned Halo Majors. The best-performing teams from the HCS win fame, monetary prizes, as well as a direct invite for the coveted Halo World Championship.
It seems that 343 Industries has prepared a lot of changes for 2024 based on the experience gained from last year. “Coming off a historic Year 2, we can’t help but feel immensely grateful for all of the players and fans of competitive Halo and HCS,” 343’s official announcement reads. “To everyone who plays in the Ranked Playlists, those who watch every event, the pros that put on an amazing show, and all of our partners – thank you.”
What’s the 2024 HCS Format Going to Be?
For year 3, the studio plans to stay close to the tried-and-true format, featuring events where teams earn points that ultimately help them qualify for the Halo World Championship. That being said, there are some quite big changes in 2024, most notably the inclusion of more Majors, with four tournaments taking place this year — two in each Split. For comparison, 2023 had just two such events.
With more such events being held, there will be an open bracket, which would see more teams being able to sign up and compete. “Ultimately, we felt leaning into competitive Halo’s roots where the entire community was brought under one roof was best for the league,” 343 Industries explained their reasoning for this.
Also, every new Major will now be hosted by a partner team. Last year, OpTic and Spacestation did this for the two such events of 2023 and the response from the fan base was quite positive. For this reason, 343 Industries decided to double down on this, resulting in 2024’s Majors being held by OpTic, Quadrant, FaZe, and Spacestation.
Considering British esports organization Quadrant will be one of the hosts, this year will see the first-ever Halo Infinite Major in Europe, which is to take place in May in London. “We can’t wait to work with each of these teams to put on a spectacle for all fans to enjoy,” the studio explained.
Last, but not least, the cirquit’s prize pool will remain the same with a total of $2 million distributed across the Halo World Cup, the Majors, and the online events.