Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

H1Z1 is going free-to-play as it launches official esports league

H1Z1 is going free-to-play as it launches official esports league

Not long later, Epic Games (the makers of the game engine that PUBG uses) stole their idea and added a free-to-play battle royale mode themselves to fledgling Fortnite and made it available on not just PC, but PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. The H1PL's official venue will be Caesars Entertainment Studios, a 50,000 square foot production facility designed for feature films, television show, and live eSports event productions. Whether that is enough to get once loyal fans to install the game again is yet to be seen.

"The league's primary focus to engage and support players and fans aligns closely to our commitment to help build the world's community for people to play, watch and share the games they love".

Matches will be played on Wednesdays, with the exception of the first broadcast for Split 1 on Saturday, April 21.

The studio has previously been used to the Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open. "This partnership further solidifies our commitment to esports and builds on our strategy to be at the cutting edge in all forms of interactive entertainment".

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Coupled with an ever shrinking playerbase and updates fans didn't like, H1Z1 fell out of favor in terms of battle royale games. H1Z1 was released to early access back in 2015 while the development was split to start work on the battle royale game in 2016 so it's possible fans got exhausted of waiting and went on to different things.

Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies announced their joint venture to create the H1Z1 Pro League in October of a year ago. H1Z1 - originally called King of the Kill - was arguably the first battle royale title on the market, with one Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene chipping in his insight in a consultant capacity during development.

H1Z1 will enter the eSports scene with the H1Z1 Pro League (H1PL), which will be kicking off its first season on April 21st, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's not the only major announcement for H1Z1 today, as the developer also revealed that eSports will be the focus moving forward.

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