How sport­ing


Mi­crosoft is push­ing eS­ports in a big way with Halo: Xbox Live’s Halo Chan­nel serves, among other things, as a plat­form for Twitch streams and stat track­ing. It also wants eS­ports to be friend­lier, an agenda re­flected in Halo 5’ s mul­ti­player in­ter­face. Com­pet­i­tive Skill Rat­ings are now vis­i­ble on the fron­tend, and the top two of the game’s seven rank­ing tiers are Pro and Semi-pro, the idea be­ing that “you don’t have to be a pro to feel like a pro”, ac­cord­ing to cre­ative di­rec­tor Tim Longo. A less cos­metic touch is the ad­di­tion of a Spec­ta­tor mode for ev­ery mul­ti­player match, so that new play­ers can learn from watch­ing the best.

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