The 16 finalists for this year’s Halo World Championships have been announced, and Microsoft has confirmed one of them will be a whole lot richer by the end of the tournament. The 16 teams from around the world will be competing for a record breaking prize pool of $2.5 million dollars. Although the prize is only the seventh biggest offered in the sport’s history, it is the most that has ever been offered for a first person shooter tournament like this one.
Whoever wins the biggest chunk of the prize pot will have had to work hard for their money though. The competition has already been extremely tense, and the 16 finalists have had to make it through a number of hard fought battles just to get to this stage. It seems Microsoft wants this to be one of the most competitive tournaments ever, so have forced a number of preliminary rounds on teams to make sure that only the best make it through to the final. They’ve also added another incentive for the teams to want to go all the way and not just settle for second place. The winner will take home nearly half of the whole prize pot with Microsoft announcing the winner will go home with a check for $1 million. That amount is a much bigger percentage of the prize pot that is normally handed out to the winner and makes it the biggest prize in console eSports ever.
Of course whoever wins the tournament will take home a lot of money, but did you know that you now can also take part in eSports betting at Betway? The website offers odds on a wide range of eSports betting markets, including possibly the sport’s biggest tournament Dota 2. In 2014 the prize pool for Dota 2’s international tournament was over 10 million dollars. Last year the prize pool for the same tournament reached over $18.4 million dollars. With the prize pool expected to easily top $20 million this year, there will be a lot of pressure on these teams to perform. Betway are currently running eSports betting markets on who will win each match of the upcoming Shanghai Major, so they aren’t the only ones who can make some money out of the sport.
So what do we know about the 16 finalists who will be fighting for the $1 million dollar cheque in what promises to be one of the most glamorous eSports betting contests ever staged in Hollywood in March? Well since we’ve never really seen a Halo tournament on this scale before, very little other than their names and nationalities. Half of them are North American, as the country won all of the slots in the US and Canadian qualifiers for this World Championship. The other half consists of four teams from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, two from Australia, one from Latin America and surprisingly just one from Asia. As Halo is one of the world’s most popular online games, any eSports betting fan will find it difficult to pick out exactly who will win this contest.