Competitive Halo Is Back After Almost A Year Out Of The Spotlight

Halo has always had a rich history in eSports but as of recently it has fallen from the spotlight thanks to a lack of a presence at some of the larger eSports events like Major League Gaming's Pro Circuit. While Halo took a backseat in the competitive gaming scene, games like League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and Call of Duty have taken the reigns.

Granted, you can still find a functioning competitive scene what with tournaments like Arena Gaming League being held in Knoxville this month -- which I'll be commentating at and should hopefully have some news from the festivities to share in the near future. But the event doesn't come close to the size of something like MLG.

343 Industries is looking to change that with a bargaining chip valued at $US500,000. They've recently announced a new competitive option for tournament-seekers interested in Halo: the Halo Global Championships.

In today's video I explain what this new championship is, what the customised free-for-all playlists made by 343 are, and how you can join the action yourself. Plus I get to show off my amazing skills in Halo 4, so that's always good.

Alex Mendez is a professional eSports broadcaster who has worked for companies such as Major League Gaming, World Cyber Games, IGN Pro League, Twitch TV, Electronic Arts, Activision, Sony Online Entertainment, and more. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his YouTube.

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    I'd rather they fixed the online multiplayer first. As someone who's played all of the Halo games (except Halo Wars), I can honestly say that Halo 4 matchmaking sucks (and Reach was only marginally better). I rarely bother with Halo 4 and find myself playing BF3 instead which has much superior online gaming.

      What do you mean it sucks? I think the only problem it has compared to BF3 and CoD is that it doesn't quite boast the number of users which can be a pain in terms of speed of finding a game and also finding local games at times, but the gameplay is really fun!

        Gameplay is fine. I realise my statement was a bit open ended. Here are the reasons it sucks:

        Limited Map rotation (seems to always be 1 of only a few maps)
        No map choice (you get to pick from 1 of 3 maps only)
        Team balancing is way off, one team always seems to be OP compared to the other
        Games restarting because one player quits the game.
        Matchmaking taking forwver (instead of being able to jump in to an existing game as you can opn BF3)
        No way to customise gametypes

          Agree with map rotation, bit of a pain.
          Map choice of 3 seems pretty standard to me, but I don't play BF.
          Team balancing usually fixes itself within 1 or 2 games if you stay in the match (and people aren't partied up.)
          The time it takes for a game to start again when someone leaves is absurd! But I've never actually had a game restart from 0 if that's what you mean.
          You can jump in to games on Halo, but unless you are playing Big Team, there's not often room.

          I bought it day one and failed to really get in to as I also got BlOps 2, but came back to Halo in the past 6 months and completely fell in love with it all over again like it was Halo 3! The big issue is finding suitable matches I think, but if you can get a good group of friends that play it, that usually helps! Feel free to add me if you ever wanna give it another crack :P

            Thanks for the offer, I may take you up on that. ElBurroDelDiablo.

              Xbox? That's too long for a gamertag...

                Oops, forgot I had to drop the initial E for The gamer tag.

    I love the tactics that one (such as this player) employs in Online FPS' such as Halo, CoD & BF. It really is mental warfare at times and it's a joy to watch someone when you really understand what needs to be done to get the kill...

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