Microsoft Uses Dev Kits for Halo Tournament Due to Console Shortages

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Things are bad with the supply chain when a company has to use developer kits for an event. 343 Industries used Xbox Series X dev kits instead of a standard model at the Halo Championship Series. A rep informed players that they would be using the kits, which were configured to run in retail mode, making them function the same as the standard model.

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The tournament was held at the Raliegh Convention Center in North Carolina. Day one started with the open bracket on December 17. Thirty-two teams are competing for $250K in prizes, with a $100K grand prize. It runs through December 19.

Local news coverage reported that around 5,000 people were expected to attend the eSports event. COVID precautions included proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, a daily health-check form, and masks. Players were very happy with the support shown by the city of Raleigh.

Sources: Dexerto (via Kotaku), ABC11 News

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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