Halo World Championship Breaks Records

by Steven Cropley

According to a report from Xbox, the Halo World Championship was a record breaking event. The $1 million dollar tournament hosted by ESL took place over three days and saw twelve teams battle it out for the lion's share of the prize pool, $500,000.

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(Photo: ESL)

It was a repeat victory for the roster of Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom, TJ “Lethul” Campbell, Mathew “Royal 2” Fiorante, Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte and Coach Chris “Royal 1” Fiorante. The team took home the championship last year under Counter Logic Gaming before following it up with another victory under the OpTic Gaming banner. OpTic was dominant, showcasing that with a 4-0 win over Team EnVyUs in the grand finals.

From the report:

“The Halo World Championship 2017 Finals by ESL broke digital viewership records across the board. At its height, the broadcast reached more than 135,000 concurrent viewers across Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Beam. In addition, more than 13 million unique viewers tuned in over the weekend to see competitive Halo played at the highest level across digital platforms.

10.3 million of these unique viewers watched the competition live on Twitter—a first time streaming destination for Halo esports.* These metrics exceeded last year’s tournament and make the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals the most watched digital broadcast in Halo esports history.

*Unique viewers stat does not de-dupe per day”

Xbox provides some key moments from the event for those who may have missed history in the making. 

  • OpTic Gaming’s Royal 2 was the most dangerous player in the tournament, racking up an incredible 1.55 kill/death (K/D) ratio. The scariest thing? Royal 2’s teammates weren’t far behind; SnakeBite had the second highest K/D ratio in the tournament at 1.37.
  • After falling into the Loser’s Bracket in the first round, Team EnVyUs sent four teams packing before making it to the Grand Finals. At one point, the team won 16 games in a row in the Loser’s Bracket before defeating a hungry Team Liquid during the semi-finals.
  • International Halo once again finished in the top eight with strong performances by FAB Games Esports – a feat previously pioneered by last year’s Epsilon eSports. In addition, French team Supremacy – representing the nation for the first time ever at the Halo World Championship – handed OpTic Gaming one of the only two individual map losses during the entire tournament.

Is this further proof that esports is continuing to rise even in the less popular titles or is the green wall just that popular?

Full report can be found here.