Halo 5 eSports invitational will debut at ESPN's X Games this month

ESPN is getting serious about its eSports, so much so that it is now opening up a section of this year's X Games to a Halo 5: Guardians team invitational.

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ESPN is loving its video games and its eSports these days. In addition to going all-in on esports reporting, the Worldwide Leader will also be looking to host a few more live tournaments. The latest one was announced this morning, with the 2016 Halo World Championship series moving into this year's X Games.

Eight teams have been named for the three-day X Games Aspen Invitational 2016, where they'll compete in Halo 5: Guardians' Arena mode. They are:

  • Epsilon eSports (UK)
  • PENTA Sports (Germany)
  • Team Allegiance
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Leftovers
  • Dream Team
  • Team Liquid

This single-elimination tournament will see the eight teams going all-out for $30,000 in prize money. All of these teams are competing in the overall Halo World Championship Tour, but don't look for this event to influence those standings in any way. This is simply an exhibition.

Look for the X Games Aspen Invitational 2016 to be sprinkled into ESPN's televised X Games coverage. The full event can be seen on WatchESPN, as well as Halo's Twitch and MLG channels from January 28-31.

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