Halo Championship Series

Showcasing the top Halo talent across the world, the HCS Pro League Fall Finals will take place Oct. 20-22 at DreamHack Denver. We’re excited to announce that the original $100,000 prize pool has been doubled, and increased to $200,000 via Halo 5 REQ crowdfunding contributions. In addition, this event will also include a $5,000 Free-For-All competition.

Week by week, teams and players have put in the time to perfect their craft. We can’t wait to see top-class Halo on display as we count down the days until the winners from the 4v4 and FFA competitions are crowned HCS Pro League Fall Finals Champions at DreamHack Denver. The inaugural year of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) Pro League saw the best Halo teams across Europe and North America battle in the regional Summer and Fall seasons. With more than 2.3 million unique viewers and immense growth season over season in 2016, the HCS Pro League is set to return in North America and Europe following next year’s Halo World Championship in the spring.


Team EnvYus


Ronin Esports
Optic Gaming
Team Liquid
Evil Geniuses


Friday October 20

9.45 am: Open Bracket Registration (4v4) next to DH badge pick-up in Events Center
10.15 am: Open Bracket warm-up
11.45 am: 4v4 Open Bracket starts
12.15 pm: Pre-Roll on Twitch.tv/halo
12.30 pm: Show Live: 4v4 Open Bracket
11.30 pm: Estimated 4v4 Open Bracket ending time assuming 64 teams

Saturday October 21

9.00 am: FFA Registration (same spot as 4v4 Bracket Registration)
9.30 am: FFA warm-up begins
11.00 am: Tournament begins in Halo Area (length of tournament depending on number of players)
12.15 pm: Pre-Roll on Twitch.tv/halo
12.30 pm: Show Live: HCS Pro League Fall Finals
9.45 pm: Estimated show wrap

Sunday October 22

9.30 am: Freeplay begins (Halo 5, Halo 3 backwards compatible, Halo 5 custom LAN build)
12.45 pm: Pre-Roll on Twitch.tv/halo
1.00 pm: Show Live: HCS Pro League Fall Finals
6.45 pm: Estimated end of freeplay (after loser bracket finals)
8.45 pm: Estimated show wrap if no bracket reset

Broadcast talent

Dan “Gaskin” Gaskin
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
Michael “StrongSide” Cavanaugh
Isaiah “Butters” Baldonado
Alex “Knighty Knight” Irwin
Kyle “Elamite” Elam
Tom “Tsquared” Taylor
Dave “Walshy” Walsh
Mark “Onset” Hatcher

Tournament format

DreamHack Denver will feature a 64-team 4v4 Open Bracket which will feed into a Championship Bracket Tournament, where eight NA teams and two EU teams await. For clarity, Vexed.eBuyer and Excel Esports will start in the 4v4 Open Bracket as our #1 and #2 seeds. Following them will be 62 Open Bracket teams, who will be seeded by HCS points earned from the Open Circuit. The 4v4 Open Bracket will be a double elimination bracket, where the top 6 teams remaining will advance to the Championship Bracket. Matches in the Championship Bracket will feature Best of 5 and Best of 7 series. Players will compete on the Fall 2017 map and gametype settings.

The FFA begins on Saturday, Oct. 21, and will be single elimination, two games played per round, with the top three players in each round advancing (until Semifinals, where the top two players from each match advance). Each game will be limited to 12 minutes, and the total number of players in the tournament will be capped to 288. The maps played will be Truth and Regret. The $5,000 FFA Grand Finals will be determined by a single game on Truth.


All teams who wish to compete in the 4v4 Open Bracket Tournament will need to purchase one Halo Team Pass per competing team. A Halo Team Pass includes the following entitlements:

  • 3-day entrance for 4 players and 1 coach to DreamHack Denver
  • Participation in the 4v4 Open Bracket Tournament
  • 5 HCS Denver event shirts

Once purchased, the purchaser will receive an email confirmation from EventBrite where there will be an ESL link provided in the “Additional Notes” section. This link will take the pass holder to a Google form where they will need to enter their EventBrite confirmation number and fill out team registration information for all four players and coach on their team.

Registration for the Open Bracket Tournament will take place on site at DreamHack Denver in the Expo Hall of the National Western Complex. Players who attend DreamHack Denver under a Halo Team Pass will also be able to register for the FFA Tournament, which is uncapped. There are 64 spots available for Open Bracket registration.


Players who purchase a 3-day visitor pass to DreamHack Denver will be able to compete in the FFA Tournament, but not the 4v4 Open Bracket Tournament. Teams who wish to compete in the Open Bracket Tournament, but have already purchased 3-day visitor passes will need to request a refund by emailing Halo@eslgaming.com with their name and Eventbrite ID and then purchase a Halo Team Pass.

Information about HCS

For more information about HCS follow ESL Halo on Twitter and Facebook, and visit the official website: proleague.com/halo.
A press kit can be found here.

Media Contact for HCS

Judy Heflin
+1 (818) 859-4655


Exclusively published by Microsoft Studios and developed by 343 Industries, the Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties, over $5 billion in worldwide sales to date, that has transcended video games and grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001) on Xbox to the record-breaking launch of “Halo 5: Guardians” (2015), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has reinvented how people think about video games and has since built a fanbase of millions worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, a live-action digital series, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.