Halo Championship Series Invitational and Featured Speaker Naz Aletaha Announced for SXSW Gaming

Halo Championship Invitational Artwork 2019, artwork provided by 343 Industries

SXSW Gaming recently announced it will host the Halo Championship Series Invitational following the Halo Classic that was held in St. Louis earlier this year. The HCS Invitational at SXSW Gaming will offer a variety of Halo tournaments and experiences featuring professional players and Halo fans alike, spanning all three days of SXSW Gaming.

The top six Halo teams from the Halo Classic have been invited for a double elimination Halo 3 showdown on the SXSW Gaming Tournament Stage for a $100,000 prize pool. The Microsoft Store 2v2 Throwdown will see hometown heroes compete alongside regional pros for a $5,000 prize pool. Pros, casters, content creators, and fans will come together for a Big Team Battle Bonanza to compete alongside each other on the Tournament Stage. SXSW Gaming attendees will also have the chance to compete in an open Free-For-All Tournament with a $5,000 prize pool on the line. Tune in daily for tournament coverage – learn more here.

"With the HCS Invitational, we’re looking to bring new flavors of entertainment to Halo esports in unique and exciting ways," said Tahir "Tashi" Hasandjekic, Lead Esports Producer at 343 Industries. "Being at SXSW Gaming is a perfect fit for the HCS Invitational and we’re excited to be a part of one of the largest cultural touchstone events in the world."

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More Programming Announced

Also announced today, Naz Aletaha, Head of Esports Partnerships at Riot Games, joins the 2019 Featured Speakers lineup for SXSW Gaming. This March, Aletaha will share her insights on how she has helped League of Legends Esports break numerous industry records and more.

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Halo Championship Invitational 2019 artwork provided by 343 Industries

By Pam Renteria