Halo has always had a rich history in eSports but as of recently it has fallen from the spotlight thanks to a lack of a presence at some of the larger eSports events like Major League Gaming's Pro Circuit. While Halo took a backseat in the competitive gaming scene, games like League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and Call of Duty have taken the reigns.

Granted, you can still find a functioning competitive scene what with tournaments like Arena Gaming League being held in Knoxville this month—which I'll be commentating at and should hopefully have some news from the festivities to share in the near future. But the event doesn't come close to the size of something like MLG.

343 Industries is looking to change that with a bargaining chip valued at $500,000. They've recently announced a new competitive option for tournament-seekers interested in Halo: the Halo Global Championships.

In today's video I explain what this new championship is, what the customized free-for-all playlists made by 343 are, and how you can join the action yourself. Plus I get to show off my amazing skills in Halo 4, so that's always good.

Alex Mendez is a professional eSports broadcaster who has worked for companies such as Major League Gaming, World Cyber Games, IGN Pro League, Twitch TV, Electronic Arts, Activision, Sony Online Entertainment, and more. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his YouTube.