North Hollywood-based production outfit Pilgrim Media Group has partnered with Halo video game developer 343 Industries to produce an esports reality competition series featuring first-person shooter Halo 5: Guardians (pictured).
The deal marks the first project to emerge from the joint initiative announced in May by Pilgrim, in collaboration with Lionsgate, and esports company Electronic Sports League (ESL). That partnership will see the media organizations developing and distributing original esports entertainment content for both linear and digital platforms.
Creative details on the docureality series have yet to emerge, a spokesperson for Pilgrim confirmed.
Developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One console, Halo 5: Guardians game-related software and hardware content grossed more than US$400 million in its first-week sales in October 2015, making it the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive to date. The Halo franchise has now accumulated more than $5 billion in worldwide sales in its lifetime.
The esports economy is projected to expand to US$1.1 billion in revenue by 2019 and entertain an audience of 345 million esports enthusiasts, according to games market research group Newzoo.
Lionsgate’s Peter Levin, president of interactive ventures and games, and Steven Roberts, executive chair of ESL North America, helped broker and secure the agreement with 343 Industries.
Lionsgate acquired a majority stake in the Fast ‘n’ Loud producer last November.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Pilgrim on developing a reality series that will bring the intensity and extreme competition of Halo 5: Guardians esports to a television audience,” said Kiki Wolfkill, studio head of Halo transmedia at 343 Industries, in a statement.