Halo Infinite has a heavy focus on Esports, and today we learned some new information on how 343 will support partnered teams competing in the game. In June’s edition of “Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem“, Halo Esports Lead Tashi explains exactly how 343 plans to do this.
“For the first time in Halo esports there will be an official partnership program for Team organizations to apply for and take part in. Our goals are to offer a path to long term sustainability for teams (and thus players and staff), grow viewership, and grow overall fan engagement.”
Tashi goes onto say that “each partnered Team has designed their own in-game content which will be sold in the game on day 1 of Halo Infinite’s release, with more drops releasing over time. Of course, Teams will receive a significant portion of the revenue from each sale.”
Enabling the success of our partners is critical to the success of #HaloInfinite esports. Join @Tashi343i for this month's update to the Esports Ecosystem blog series, and learn more about the HCS Team Partnership Program!— Halo Esports #HCS (@HCS) June 30, 2021
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It wasn’t made clear exactly what “in game content” will look like, but you can likely expect an evolution of the HCS weapons skins that were in Halo 5. The wording also seems to suggest that it won’t be limited to weapon skins, so we can maybe expect Team related armor coatings, banners, and other ways to express support for your favorite competitive team.
There is still much more to learn about how Halo Infinite will translate to competitive play, but it is clear that 343 is taking Esports seriously for Infinite, and that only means more viewers and word of mouth for the game.