Undoubtedly one of Microsoft’s biggest and most popular games is now getting it’s own ‘Ultimate Fighter’ style reality show.
Halo studio 343 industries is partnering with Pilgrim Media, to film a competitive reality esports series for Halo 5: Guardians. This is the first production to come out of Pilgrim’s previously announced partnership with Lionsgate studios and ESL to create exciting content for the professional gaming industry. Pilgrim are also the team behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter and it’s rumored that the show will follow a similar set up. With the Halo production, Microsft, Pilgrim, and Lionsgate are taking a major step into a growing esports business that some analysts predict could generate as much as $1 billion in revenue by 2018.
“We continue to be blown away by the sheer excitement surrounding esports; the scope and buzz are growing every day,” Pilgrim chief executive Craig Piligian said in a statement. “Esports and Halo fans are exceedingly passionate about gaming and devoted to their favorite titles and franchises — they are exactly the kind of audience we want to produce for.”
Unfortunately Pilgrim has not given us any news as to when it will be filmed or aired, but the company is making it with television in mind. (does that mean it will be on our TV screens?)
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Pilgrim on developing a reality series that will bring the intensity and extreme competition of Halo 5: Guardians esports to a television audience,” 343 Industries transmedia boss Kiki Wolfkill said. “There is no better partner than Pilgrim to give our fans insight into the world of Halo esports.”
Obviously Halo’s current esports tournaments will continue on, and fans can catch the HCS Pro League Finals starting December 10th and streamed on Twitch.