343 Industries and the Halo Championship Series revealed the first nine launch partners for Halo Infinite.
"Halo Infinite marks the next era in the franchise, and with it comes the next era for the Halo Championship Series. Behind the scenes, we’ve been hard at work for the last few years building out the ecosystem with Teams being a huge component of that. After getting tons of feedback on the partnership program, opening up applications, selecting the teams, building the in-game content, and signing contracts – we are finally ready to reveal the Teams that will be partnered with us for the launch of HCS for Halo Infinite," 343 Industries said in the announcement.
Halo Championship Series Launch Partners Revealed for Halo Infinite
Here's a look at the nine launch partners and confirmed roster if applicable:
- Cloud9 - Penguin, Eco, Stellur, Renegade
- eUnited - Rayne, Ryanoob, Spartan, Nick
- Sentinels - Snakebite, Royal 2, Frosty, Lethul
- Team Envy - Pistola, Tripppey, aPG, Lucid
- FaZe Clan - roster not announced
- Fnatic - roster not announced
- G2 Esports - roster not announced
- Natus Vincere - roster not announced
- Spacestation Gaming - roster not announced
According to a Q&A section in the announcement, "These teams are investing significant funding into the Halo ecosystem and we want to ensure that the Halo ecosystem can give back financially to them. They’re going to be paying players, coach, manager salaries, creating entertaining content for fans to watch, and they’ll even have the opportunity of setting up booths at our events to spend time with the community. None of the investment funding is going to us, it’s all going to the community! Part of why these Teams were selected was because they wanted to be a part of the Halo community for the long haul."
Partner teams will have multiple bundles released in Infinite, content opportunities, support, merchandise and more. These partnership teams will not receive any competitive advantage as HCS retains its open ecosystem. 343 Industries also announced that more teams will be added at launch, though a specific timeframe was not revealed.
For more information, check out the announcement here.