The prize pool for the Halo World Championship 2016 started out at a cool US$1,000,000. Now, thanks to community contributions in the form of REQ Pack purchases, that amount has risen to over US$1,700,000 - and it’s still rising. With so much on the line and only sixteen slots with which to try and win it, you’d better be ready if you’re planning on pursuing it.
Sixteen teams from five regions will be taking part in the Halo World Championship:
- Eight teams from North America
- Four teams from Europe, the Middle East and Africa
- One team from Latin America
- One team from Asia
- Two teams from Australia and New Zealand
Every team that manages to qualify for the Halo World Championship will get to take home at least US$15,000 (1% of the current prize pool), and with around US$680,000 currently set aside for the overall winner there’s plenty to play for no matter how far you get.
See below for a regional breakdown of the participating teams, prize money and more!
Europe, the Middle East and Africa
The qualifiers for Europe, the Middle East and Africa will take place between December the 19th 2015 and January the 24th 2016. These will be followed by the regional finals, which will run from the 6th to the 7th of February 2016 and see twelve teams go head to head to try and win one of four Halo World Championship spots as well as US$30,000 in prize money.
The regional finals competitor lineup will be as follows:
- One Middle Eastern team
- One African team
- One German team via a separate qualifier (with German teams still able to compete in the main European qualifiers)
- One French team via the €30,000 Xbox Elite Series (with French teams still able to compete in the main European qualifiers)
- Four European teams
- Four teams from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (more information available at Halo.gg)
The Latin America qualifiers will be occurring between the 19th of December 2015 and the 31st of January 2016, with the eight-team regional finals to decide which team will advance to the Halo World Championship on the 13th and 14th of February 2016 and get the lion’s share of a US$15,000 prize pool.
The Latin American regional finals will see the following teams face off:
- Three Brazilian teams
- Three Mexican teams
- One Latin America North team
- One Latin America South team
The Asian region will be playing for one Halo World Championship final spot, with its qualifiers to take place between December the 19th 2015 and January the 17th 2016. The regional finals on the 31st of January 2016 will see six teams from China, Asia and Hong Kong duke it out for the US$5,000 in prize money as well as a slot in the finals:
Australia and New Zealand
The Australia and New Zealand regional finals, scheduled for the 7th of February 2016 and boasting a US$5,000 prize pool, will see two out of six participating teams head to the Halo World Championship finals, with the preceding qualifiers set to take place from the 19th of December 2015 to the 24th of January 2016.
The North American region will see sixteen teams face off in the regional finals for one of eight spots in the Halo World Championship as well as a whopping US$50,000 in prize money.
The date and location of the Halo World Championship finals are still to be officially announced, as well as where and when you’ll be able to tune in to the qualifiers, so stay tuned!