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OpTic MaNiaC is returning to competitive Halo

Published: 12/Sep/2018 11:26 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 13:09

by Matt Porter


OpTic Gaming’s Nick ‘MaNiaC’ Kershner has announced that he will be returning to competitive Halo as Excelerate Gaming’s new coach.

Kershner will be reunited with former Believe The Hype teammate Daniel ‘Demon D’ Yakovleff and long-time friend Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam, who MaNiaC said he “would have to be with” if he was to ever “touch the mainstage again”.

He will also be working with two of Halo’s rising stars – former eLevate player Uriah ‘Artic’ Legorreta and Jesse ‘Bubu Dubu’ Moeller, who finished third at the 2018 Halo World Championship with Team Envy.


MaNiaC will begin his coaching duties on Friday, September 14 as Excelerate fly out to London to compete in the Halo Championship Series event, which takes place at the Gfinity Arena.

The 27-year-old last appeared at a Halo event back in 2016, when he competed as part of an OpTic squad that finished 9-16th at the North American Regional Qualifier for the Halo World Championship.

Since he retired from playing professional Halo, MaNiaC has focused on content creation, regularly streaming Fortnite gameplay on his Twitch account. He has become one of the most popular members of the OpTic organization, garnering over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, and appearing in numerous videos on OpTic Gaming’s YouTube channel.

Excelerate Gaming have been drawn in Group B at HCS London, and will take on Radiance Esports and TOX Gaming when the action begins on September 14.


Halo Infinite has multiple betas scheduled for 2021

Published: 23/Jan/2021 22:42 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 22:48

by Bill Cooney


Halo Infinite publisher 343 Industries is planning to release multiple betas in the lead-up to the game’s release later this year.

Halo fans had a rough ending to 2020, with the next game in the series, Infinite, being delayed until Fall 2021 according to 343 Industries.

Despite that setback, it appears we’ll get a chance to play the game well before that, since the developers are apparently “actively drafting plans” to roll out multiple “test flights” of the game before its official release, according to information found on the Halo Insider website.

343 Industries
Infinite is the next installment in the Halo franchise, and we could get to play it before it officially releases.

According to the info, 343 Industries is currently planning to use the Halo Insider Program for the multiple beta tests before the game fully launches, which will give devs a chance to find and fix bugs and other glitches that might have slipped through the cracks.

How to sign up for the Halo Insider program and Halo Infinite beta

If you’re not already signed up for Halo Insider, the good news is that it’s as easy as entering your email and other information. To make things as simple as possible just follow these steps below to get signed up and be notified when the “test flights” become available:

  1. Go to the Halo Insider Program site.
  2. Click on the “signup” link
  3. Under “Sign in to your Xbox Live account,” click Sign In.
  4. Sign in with your Microsoft Account.

When are the Halo Infinite beta tests?

Halo Infinite gameplay
343 Industries
343 Industries haven’t shown off multiplayer footage yet, but we assume it will be available during the “test flights”

We don’t have an exact release date for any of the test flights just yet, other than that they will be starting “later this year” according to the publisher, which could be Spring or Summer since the game is slated to come out in Fall.

Rest assured these should be announced well ahead of time by 343, and if you’re signed up as an insider you’ll also receive a notification in your email and on your Xbox account when it does happen.

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