Halo World Championship 2016: Prize Pool, Competition Dates and Preview

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The 2016 Halo World Championship kicked off Sunday, as gamers from across the world began competing in teams in the first-person shooter sci-fi game. The global tournament is the first of its kind for the Halo franchise, featuring teams from North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and has a growing prize pool currently sitting above $2 million.

The competition uses Halo 5: Guardians, released Oct. 27, and employs the newest game's multiplayer Arena experience, which connects teams from across the world in a single online map on the Xbox gaming console. The competition will have both online and in-person components and extends from December through March.

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Below are the 2016 Halo Championship Series competition dates:

North America

Dec. 6 — Online Ladders Begin

Dec. 20 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 3 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 10 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 16 — Online Ladders End

Jan. 17 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 24 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 31 — Online Qualifier

Feb. 19-21 — North America Regional Finals

Mar. 15-17 — Halo World Championship Prelims

Mar. 19-20 —  Halo World Championship Finals

Australia and New Zealand

Dec. 6 — Online Ladders Begin

Jan. 2-3 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 9-10 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 16-17 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 23-24 — Online Qualifier

Feb. 6-7 — Australia & New Zealand Regional Finals

Mar. 15-17 — Halo World Championship Prelim

Mar. 19-20 — Halo World Championship Finals

Asia

Dec. 6 — Online Ladders Begin

Dec. 19 — Online Qualifier (China)

Dec. 20 — Online Qualifier (Taiwan)

Jan. 2-3 — Online Qualifier (South Korea)

Jan. 9 — Online Qualifier (China)

Jan. 10 — Online Qualifier (Rest of Asia)

Jan. 16-17 — Online Qualifier (Rest of Asia) 

Jan. 30-31 — Asia Regional Finals

Mar. 15-17 — Halo World Championship Prelims

Mar. 19-20 —  Halo World Championship Finals

U.K., Middle East, Europe and Africa 

Dec. 6 — Online Ladders Begin

Dec. 20 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 3 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 6 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 10 — Online Qualifier

Jan. 16-17 — U.K. Finals Event

Jan. 23-24 — Last Chance Online Qualifier

Feb. 6-7 — EMEA Regional Finals

Mar. 15-17 — Halo World Championship Prelims

Latin America

Dec. 6 — Online Ladders Begin

Dec. 19-20 — Online Qualifier (Columbia, LAS)

Jan. 2-3 — Online Qualifier (Brazil, Columbia, LAS)

Jan. 9-10 — Online Qualifier (Brazil, LAS)

Jan. 16-17 — Online Qualifier (Mexico, Brazil)

Jan. 23-24 — Online Qualifier (Mexico, Columbia)

Jan. 30-31 — Online Qualifier (Mexico)

Feb. 13-14 — Latin America Regional Finals

Mar. 15-17 — Halo World Championship Prelims

Mar. 19-20 —  Halo World Championship Finals


Gamers interested in joining in on the world championship can register their team via Major League Gaming. Check out Halo's World Championship site for more information.