343 Industries has partnered with ESL Australia domestically to bring the Halo Infinite HCS 2021-22 circuit to Australia and New Zealand, with $50,000 of prize money on offer across the 12 month period. A regional LAN, HCS Melbourne, is also on the cards.
Halo esports is starting off with a bang after its surprise multiplayer launch on November 15.
343 Industries has shared a roadmap of their HCS 2021-22 plans, with Australia and New Zealand firmly in the mix.
Partnering with ESL Australia to bring a number of domestic tournaments, Oceanic Halo teams will be duking it out for a share of $50,000 locally — as well as spots at international events — in the new HCS circuit.
HCS 2021-22 features a mix of Open Series and Pro Series events, with players being able to grind up through the system as the year progresses.
There are also a number of regional qualifiers for international and Super Open events, including the Kansas City Major in April 2022.
The HCS ANZ season will wrap up domestically with a big LAN final at HCS Melbourne, currently penned in for September 2-4 2022, just ahead of HCS Major Orlando in late-September and the Halo World Championship in October.
Anyone can compete in the 4v4 series, which starts on November 20 with the first ANZ Open Series, as long as they register through Faceit and Esports Engine.
Players can buy in-game cosmetics to represent ANZ and support the growth of Oceanic Halo at the same time, with money being pushed back to ESL and the scene.
There are also team skins in Halo Infinite, however no Australian organization features in the initial release of nine. However, they might be added in the future, with a portion of the cost going back to the teams.
The HCS 2021-22 circuit kicks off on November 20-21 with the first ANZ Open Series. Registration opens later on Thursday, November 18.