Most casual gamers have watched a multiplayer match of one game or another unfold, whether streaming on Twitch or from a friend’s sofa, but the look of a professional match is something else.
In a professional Halo match, the level of play approaches the uncannily timed perfection of an AI that has been set to play a video game: players are moving constantly, hugging the bullet-blocking corners of the maps like race car drivers in a turn. Meanwhile, they’re anticipating their opponents’ moves and popping off perfect shots in the seconds-long intervals when opposing red or blue players are visible.
This spectacle will be on display during SXSW Gaming at the Halo Championship Series Invitational. The tournament features the top six finishers from January’s Ultimate Gaming Championship Halo Classic, who will compete in a double elimination tournament of Halo 3.