Yesterday we attended the Halo 4 Global Championship at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle along with thousands of Halo and esports fans. The Global Championship is a worldwide tournament from Microsoft that sets out to find the world’s best Halo 4 player. After preliminary tournaments in Austin, Texas and Cologne, Germany the grand finals took place in Seattle during PAX Prime. The overall purse of the final event, which featured the top eight players was $300,000 with a cool $200,000 going to to the tournament champion!

The main event started with an eight man free for all with the top four scores advancing on to the one versus one semifinals. The winners of the semifinals then faced off in a one versus one in a quest to crown the grand champion. We snapped some footage from the event and rounds which can be found below. We followed the final few minutes of each round to get the player and crowd reactions, including the sudden death overtime tie-breaker – which was one kill for $200,000! The event was amazing and one we hope to see Microsoft do again in the future.

Microsoft has said they have made a long-term commitment to esports, and if this event is any indicator, there are some great things to come in the future.

Be sure to check all of our Xbox coverage from PAX Prime, and if you’d like to view the Halo 4 Global Championship broadcast in it’s entirety you can do so at this link. If you’d like to check out the photos we took of the event check out the album on our Facebook page.