'H1Z1' eSports league will stream exclusively on Facebook

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

At the end of February, the game looked like it was poised to get a new lease on life thanks to it leaving Early Access and introducing the Auto Royale update.

This development is likely a bitter pill to swallow for those who paid full price for the game just one week ago, even if the "Appreciation Pack" given as consolation does include some branded clothing and in-game goodies such as loot boxes and vehicle skins (luckily, refunds will still likely be given by Steam).

It's not a total loss, however, as everyone else will receive the "H1Z1 Appreciation Pack" valued between $30 and $50. He told Polygon that the number of unique players in H1Z1 has doubled since the week before the game's launch, that more players are logging in each day than the week before and that those that show up are playing more rounds and for longer periods of time.

Indeed, H1Z1 - much like Fortnite and PUBG - is big on eSports and the first season of its new Pro League will begin in Las Vegas next month. The first match will be played on April 21.

Jace Hall, Co-Chairman of Twin Galaxies commented: "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".

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"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".

Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies announced their joint venture to create the H1Z1 Pro League in October of a year ago.

'We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today. Final player rosters have not yet been established.

Daybreak is partnering with Caesars for the H1PL, as it's being called, with pro events to be hosted at Caesar's Entertainment Studio. Nonetheless, Castoro said that Caesar's Entertainment Corporation, which operates 47 casinos in 13 US states and five different countries, is invested in Daybreak's success.

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