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Halo World Championship Lands in Seattle This Weekend

The esports sphere arrives at the convention center—and Twitch.

By Seattle Met Staff October 18, 2022

The man buns are tied, and the players are ready.

After Bellevue-based video game developer Valve moved the International, its annual championship for Dota 2, out of Seattle (and the country), our gaming-obsessed city has been sorely lacking by way of IRL esports tournaments. And, no, the return of downtown's GameWorks and this summer's Pokémon Go Fest don't count.

Well, prepare to squee, gaming fans—esports are back. This weekend, on October 20–23, the Halo World Championship arrives at the Seattle Convention Center, with some 4,000 in-person attendees expected and thousands more streaming live on Twitch. Spectator tickets range from $75–$250.

It's the first time the Halo Championship Series has been hosted in Seattle. (This feels like somewhat of a crime considering the local ties to Bungie, Microsoft, and Xbox, but we digress.)

For those not familiar with esports—an industry expected to reach $12.4 billion by 2030—events like this feature teams of video game players from all over the world...well, playing video games in front of a live audience for winner-take-all glory and prize money. There are commentators. There are fans. And, at least this time, there will be a cosplay contest.

The Halo World Championship is the culmination of a series of Halo Infinite esports tournaments this year. A $1 million prize pot will be doled out among the participating teams—the winning team's take is $400,000.

Sentinels, Cloud9, and OpTic Gaming are favorite contenders, but could a play-in surprise end up taking the trophy? Either way, we've missed you, esports.

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