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Halo 5: Guardians breaks records with biggest Halo launch in history

Halo 5 breaks Guinness World Records with their biggest launch in the Halo series yet.

It's been one week since the launch of Halo 5: Guardians and it's already become the biggest Halo launch in history, along with being the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive to-date.

With over $400 million in global sales and 21 million hours logged in gameplay, it's easy to see how they broke their previous records.

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ awarded the Halo 5 live stream launch broadcast with the title for most watched video game launch broadcast with over 330,000 people tuned in on the night of the broadcast. Content from the broadcast eventually reached over 5.5 million total views.

“The success of Halo 5: Guardians is a testament to the innovative work from the entire team at 343 Industries to bring this installment to Xbox One and the incredible community of fans who have come to love the story, characters and gameplay central to the franchise,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “The game represents all the possibilities of Xbox One and has earned its place as the anchor title in the greatest holiday games lineup in Xbox history.”

Halo 5's success extended over to Twitch, with over three million hours watched in the first week.

Also announced is the Halo World Championship that will run through December to March and will see the U.S. and Canada, Europe along with the Middle East and Africa, Greater Asia, Latin America, as well as Australia and New Zealand battle it out for the championship title. The prize pool is already over $1.5 million and it grows larger every day. 

If you missed all the launch day excitement you can catch it all here.

Published Nov. 4th 2015

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