Halo 5: Guardians’ microtransaction system has proved to be lucrative, as Microsoft announced today that sales from Req packs have now generated at least $700,000. Those funds will be added to the Halo World Championship prize pool, which currently sits at $1.7 million.
“Since the the first LAN was played in 2001, fans have created epic moments and stories in Halo multiplayer – from hometown heroes to the world’s top players,” reads the description. “Over the years, dynasties have ruled and fallen, new champions have emerged, and the pages of the Halo esports history books have been written. The upcoming Halo World Championship is the biggest Halo tournament to date, and will celebrate the rich and storied history of Halo esports – the moments, stories, and players – while signifying the beginning of a new chapter of Halo 5 esports, an ongoing, long-term esports investment for 343 Industries and Xbox.”
Only a portion of total Req sales have gone to the prize pool, indicating that Microsoft has actually generated quite a bit more total revenue from the microtransactions.