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

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Fret not though-those dedicated to the cause of spending money on the game can now purchase Bronze, Silver, or Gold "Battle Royale Packs", which offer players up to $100 in unlockables and unique items. 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. Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch esport, ' said Anthony Castoro, H1Z1's General Manager. But they're also hoping to inspire the next crop of professional players.

The inaugural season of the H1Z1 Pro League isn't taking place at the famous casino on the Las Vegas strip, but at Caesar's Entertainment Studios, located nearby.

The full list of 15 teams for the H1Z1 Pro League.

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'Our goal with H1PL is to take the leap from Esports 1.0 to 2.0, establishing a league where for the first time in esports history, everyone participates in success - the fans, the players, the teams and all of our supporting partners, ' said Jace Hall, Co-Chairman of Twin Galaxies. The H1PL League Governance Committee will be responsible for defining, modifying, and enforcing all rules and regulations for the league.

H1Z1, the battle royale-style experience from Daybreak Game Company, is converting to free-to-play today.

"We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today".

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Remember H1Z1, the once-popular battle royale title that predated the likes of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?

It's likewise the first time a league has picked Las Vegas as its host city, which is notable given ongoing efforts to turn Vegas into an eSports hub. It'll be interesting to see how many come along with its location in Vegas, but with the teams they have involved and the structures in place it looks like they're committed and in it for the long haul.

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