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Microsoft announces Halo World Championship with $1 million prize pool

We've seen plenty of Halo 5: Guardians in the lead-up to its October 27th release date. For Gamescom 2015, Microsoft focused on Halo's history as an e-sport — and then took it a step further by announcing a World Championship with $1 million in prizes. That's a significant boost from last month's $150,000 pool but still a far cry from the $18 million Dota 2 International Championships. The focus will be on Halo 5's more frenetic Arena multiplayer (instead of Warzone).

Once the de facto competitive multiplayer series, Halo now stands in competition with the likes of Call of Duty. The Halo World Championship launches later this year.

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