Microsoft and ESL to make ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ an eSports reality TV show

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Microsoft Studios’ sci-fi video game Halo 5: Guardians become the basis of a reality-competition eSports series. The studio struck a deal with a TV production company to develop the show. If it pushes through, it will show real-time competition of Halo 5 gaming.

343 Industries, Microsoft Studio’s subsidiary, and the Electronic Sports League reached a deal with Pilgrim Media Group to create an eSports-focused reality TV series. Details about the production are scarce, but the show will bring the “intensity and extreme competition” of Halo5 to TV.

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According to Variety, the deal for the Halo 5 show is the first project to emerge from the joint initiative of Lionsgate, Pilgrim Media and ESL. Their goal is to distribute and create original eSports entertainment content for digital platforms and TV.

Since Halo‘s first launch in 2001, the franchise generated more than $5 billion in worldwide sales to date. ESports is a major contributor to Halo 5: Guardians, and featured in events like the Halo Championship Series.

Craig Piligian, CEO of Pilgrim, said eSports is a key pillar to Halo 5: Guardians. “We continue to blown away by the sheer excitement surrounding eSports,” Piligian said. “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.”

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Esports is an exceedingly popular and fast-growing pastime for video game fans around the world. According to the research firm NewZoo, eSports has a projected revenue of $493 million in 2016. By 2019, its revenue will grow to $1.1 billion. NewZoo also predicts that the number of eSports enthusiasts will grow from 148million this year to 345 million by 2019.

There are also a number of companies that have already made moves on capitalizing the popularity of eSports. Turner and WME-IMG teamed up to form ELeague while Amazon acquired video-game internet broadcaster Twitch. Activision Blizzard too bought Major League Gaming earlier this year

See the video for Halo 5 eSports below:

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