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HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major – Tournament Format & Guide

30 Aug 2023
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  • The seventh event of the Halo Championship Series 2023 season
  • 16 Halo esports teams
  • $250,000 prize pool and direct invites to Halo World Championship 2023
HCS 2023 Forth Worth Major
HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major (credit: via Twitter (@HCS))
Halo Championship Series (HCS) 2023: Forth Worth Major is an upcoming Halo esports tournament and the seventh event of the 2023 HCS season, set to kick off on Friday, September 1 and run for three days, culminating on Sunday, September 3, with the grand final.
  • HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major
  • When Is HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major
  • HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Format
  • HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Teams
  • HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Prize Pool
  • Betting On HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major

The Halo esports tournament will welcome 16 teams, who will fight for the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool, HCS Points and invites to the Halo World Championship 2023.

Here is everything you need to know about HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major, including the dates, teams, format, and the best Halo esports betting sites.

HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major


Halo Championship Series (HCS) 2023: Forth Worth Major is an upcoming Halo esports tournament played on Halo Infinite and the third Major of the year, succeeding the Year 2 Kickoff Major Charlotte and HCS 2023; Arlington Major.

The tournament will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Forth Worth, Texas, and run for three days. But despite being a fairly short event, HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major will offer plenty of betting opportunities for esports bettors to explore.

To bet on HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major, make sure to sign up with the best esports bookmakers, such as Stake.com, which have competitive esports betting odds and offer adequate market coverage, covering both pre-match and in-play betting markets.

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When Is HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major


HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major is set to kick off on Friday, September 1, with the first round of the Pool Play. The tournament will run for three days and culminate with the grand finals on Sunday, September 3, when the top two Halo esports teams will duke it out for $100,000 winner's share and 100,000 HCS points. 

HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Format


HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major will use a familiar format from previous HCS Majors, dividing the event into three stages – Open Bracket, Pool Play, and Championship Bracket.

Open Bracket

  • 48 Halo Esports teams
  • Eight teams from NA, EU, ANZ, and Mexico Qualfiers
  • Top four teams earn a spot in the HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Pool Play

Pool Play

  • Four groups of four teams 
  • Round-robin format
  • All matches are best-of-five (Bo5)
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Championship Upper Bracket Round 1
  • Third-placed teams from each group advance to Championship Lower Bracket Round 1
  • Fourth-placed teams get eliminated

Championship Bracket (Playoffs)

  • 16 teams
  • Double-elimination bracket
  • All matches except for the Grand Final are best-of-five (Bo5)
  • Grand Final is best-of-seven (Bo7)
  • Bracket Reset

HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Teams


HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Pool Play will start with 16 teams, including top six teams from HCS Global Invitational by Spacestation Gaming, top two North American and European teams with the most HCS Points, and the current Mexico and ANZ HCS Points leaders.

The remaining four spots will be filled by top-four teams from the Open Bracket.

  • Spacestation Gaming (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • Sentinels (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • FaZe Clan (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • OpTic Gaming (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • Quadrant (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • Native Gaming Red (top 6 from SSG Global Invitational)
  • Complexity Gaming (Top 1 NA HCS Points)
  • Cloud9 (Top 2 NA HCS Points)
  • Natus Vincere (Top 1 EU HCS Points)
  • Impact Team (Top 2 EU HCS Points)
  • Alpha Esports (Top 1 MX HCS Points)
  • Mindfreak (Top 1 ANZ HCS Points)

HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major Prize Pool


The upcoming HCS Major will offer a $250,000 prize pool, divided among the top 16 teams, as well as HCS points, which will be awarded to all 32 teams based on their placement.

  • Champions – $100,000 + 100,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • Runners-up – $60,000 + 60,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • 3rd-place – $30,000 + 44,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • 4th-place – $17.500 + 36,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • 5th-6th-place – $8,000 + 32,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • 7th-8th-place – $5,000 + 28,000 HCS Points + Halo World Championship 2023 Invite
  • 9th-12th – $2,500 + 22,000 HCS Points 
  • 13th-16th-place – $1,625 + 18,000 HCS Points
  • 17th-20th-place – 12,000 HCS Points
  • 21st-24th-place – 11,000 HCS Points
  • 25th-32nd-place – 9,000 HCS Points

Betting On HCS 2023: Forth Worth Major


The release of Halo Infinite and the re-introduction of the Halo Championship Series in 2021 put Halo esports back on the map after it was mostly forgotten following the closure of the HCS in 2018. Although Halo has yet to reach the status of some other major esports, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends, it has a healthy viewer base, and it has become a fairly popular esports among bettors.

Nowadays, you can find Halo esports betting markets on most sportsbooks, including traditional bookmakers and esports betting sites. However, while it's not difficult to find a bookmaker who'll accept your Halo wagers, it's important to sign up for the best betting site, such as Stake.com.

Stake.com has competitive betting odds, good market coverage for all esports, and some of the best bonus offers and promotions for esports bettors, which you can claim by using promo code NEWBONUS.