Envy joins reboot of Halo Championship Series (HCS) with familiar roster
A new era of Halo esports is coming, with Microsoft announcing plans today for the return of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) to coincide with the much-anticipated debut of Halo Infinite on December 8, 2021. Texas-based Envy Gaming, an esports and entertainment company, was one of nine organizations revealed as initially named to the new HCS team partnership program for North America and Europe. Envy operated one of the top professional Halo teams in esports competition from 2015-2018.
Halo Infinite is the upcoming title and sixth installment in the iconic shooter game franchise that has sold more than 81 million copies worldwide and is celebrating 20 years of gameplay in 2021. Envy returns a star-studded roster with familiar faces the competitive Halo community and fans around the world will know and love including:
Justin “iGotUrPistola” Deese – One of the winningest players of all time in Halo esports with nineteen major event wins including two MLG National Championships in more than a decade of competition. Dreese played for Envy from 2015-2017 and again in the spring 2018 season.
Tom “Lucid” Wilson – A veteran with multiple World Championship appearances, Wilson also played for Envy in the spring 2018 season.
Joe “TriPPPeY” Taylor – Another pro player from Envy’s spring 2018 roster returning to compete for the Dallas franchise.
Brad “aPG” Laws – One of the longest-competing players in Halo, Laws has been active professionally since 2009 winning at least one event with four different organizations. He briefly played for Envy in late 2015.
Alex “Swift Kill” Ramirez – Making the transition from player to coach, Ramirez appeared at multiple championships and spent a decade as a competitive Halo player.
“We enjoyed a great competitive history with Envy’s involvement in Halo and have been thrilled to work with Microsoft, 343 Industries, and the entire Halo team on designing a team program that builds a sustainable future for the title,” said Mike Rufail, chief gaming officer and owner at Envy. “We’re hungry to add a World Championship to our trophy case in Texas with the new season of HCS and launch of Halo Infinite.”
Envy will have team-designed in-game content sold through the Halo Infinite virtual store when the new video game launches on December 8. HCS match dates and competitive prize pools will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit Envy.gg.