HCS Invitational at SXSW Austin

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A HCS invitational will be taking over the esports stage at the famous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas from March 15-17. The SXSW HCS Invitational is a yearly cultural touchstone for music, film, and interactive media in the world. They will be streaming on mixer.com/Halo and twitch.tv/Halo each day at 12PM CT. During the stream they will also be releasing new news on Halo MCC. 343 Industries believes an invitational is the best format and structure for this event, and we'll be seeing 4v4 competition take place in Halo 3, only six teams earned the invite based off of the results from the Halo Classic at UGC St. Louis. Congratulations to the following teams for receiving invites-


  • TOX Gaming
  • Denial Esports
  • Team Reciprocity
  • LUX Gaming
  • Status Quo
  • GMS


These six teams will compete through a double elimination bracket. The six teams will be competing for $100,000 in prize money, as well as bragging rights, moving forward into the year. There will also be an open FFA competition at SXSW of a grand prize of $5,000.  At the HCS Invitational, pro players, casters, HCS Grassroots content creators, and fans in attendance will jump on the mainstage for a Halo 3 Big Team Battle match for the ages, that will surely be a great one to watch. 343 says more information on these events will be announced closer to the event.


Lastly, one of the biggest rivalries in HCS history will clash SNIP3DOWN VS LETHUL. The two will go against each other yet again to really see who the top dog is really – but this time there is a unique twist. Snip3down and Lethul will need to pick their  teammates and prepare for a battle across the Halo franchise because the casters will be spinning a wheel to determine which Halo game, team size, and mode they’ll be competing on. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3. We won’t know until the big day. The HCS Invitational at SXSW will be a tournament you don’t want to miss so make sure to tune into the stream.

Contributed by:

Tom B292 SIII

News Contributor

January 24. 2019