Halo 5: Guardians Esports

Halo 5: Guardians

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$7,161,730.97 From 109 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2015-08-07 to

Halo 5: Guardians is a first-person shooter developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One. It is the direct sequel to Halo 4 and replaced Halo 2 Anniversary as the competitive Halo game, and was succeeded by Halo Infinite. The game was released on October 27, 2015.

In response to the presence of Activision's Call of Duty series in console esports, Microsoft announced the Halo World Championship with $1 million in cash prizes. With the emphasis on Halo 5's Arena multiplayer mode, Microsoft is hoping to attract the best Halo players and more interest in the competitive Halo scene, but the game itself isn't without it's problems. On March 13, 2016, a Halo charity tournament run by Gamers for Giving had been cancelled due to the game's inability to create custom games reliably in a tournament environment.

The 2016 Halo World Championship prize pool was raised to $2.5 million via REQ packs, similar to the Compendiums sold to raise the prize pool of Valve's Dota 2 tournament, "The International". It became the first tournament in the history of Halo esports to surpass $1 million, and saw Counter Logic Gaming crowned the champions, with a roster of Frosty, Lethul, Royal 2 and SnakeBite. Next year, in the 2017 Halo World Championship, Optic Gaming (formerly known as CLG) repeated and won again.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.United States LethulTony Campbell$583,850.00
2.United States FrostyBradley Bergstrom$582,850.00
3.Canada Royal 2Mathew Fiorante$581,250.00
4.United States SnakeBitePaul Duarte$581,250.00
5.United States EcoKevin Smith$259,825.00
6.United States StelluRBraedon Boettcher$258,425.00
7.United States RenegadeJonathan Willette$225,125.00
8.United States ShotzzyAnthony Cuevas-Castro$214,000.00
9.Saudi Arabia HukeCuyler Garland$179,625.00
10.United States Snip3downEric Wrona$170,375.00
11.United States eL TowNVisal Mohanan$167,225.00
12.United States PistolaJustin Deese$164,000.00
13.United States PenguinZane Hearon$161,800.00
14.United States Bubu DubuJesse Moeller$154,650.00
15.United States CratosCarlos Ayala$153,175.00
16.United States SuspectorAyden Hill$149,700.00
17.United States MikwenAustin McCleary$144,750.00
18.United States NadedBrett Leonard$137,050.00
19.United States RayneTimothy Tinkler$132,725.00
20.United States APGBradley Laws$82,300.00
21.United States AceAaron Elam$75,075.00
22.United States ContrACody Szczodrowski$74,025.00
23.United States PreDevoNatoRDevon Layton$70,100.00
24.United States SpartanTyler Ganza$69,775.00
25.United States CalmJustin Mozingo$63,875.00

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$377,800.005.28%


» Call of Duty: Black Ops III+$3,221,947.68
» Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare+$4,549,922.04
» Halo 3+$4,843,651.57
» Halo 2+$5,534,968.50
» Halo: Reach+$6,389,641.00
» Halo 2 Anniversary+$6,693,025.92
» Halo 4+$6,730,982.21

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.United States United States$5,492,812.22
2.Canada Canada$607,384.38
3.United Kingdom United Kingdom$402,910.84
4.Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia$179,625.00
5.Australia Australia$92,333.33
6.Mexico Mexico$89,687.50
7.France France$63,255.56
8.Germany Germany$53,687.50
9.Italy Italy$41,063.33
10.New Zealand New Zealand$24,041.67

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United States GH057ayameEric HewittAnalyst
United States WalshyDavid WalshAnalyst, Commentator

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