H1Z1 Pro League to reportedly close just 7 months after launch

Donna Miller
November 18, 2018

Earlier this year, I was invited to Las Vegas to cover the inaugural weekend of the H1Z1 Pro League, or H1PL. "As a result, teams have been immediately released from their League specific obligations". Per the league participation agreements, those payments were due to teams seven weeks prior to the start of a league split. A date for the second split was originally meant to be September 15, but the start was pushed back indefinitely.

Players in the league signed a contract and were to receive part of a $250,000 stipend paid for by the league.

Jace Hall, the chairman of H1Z1 developer Twin Galxies, said they are still planning on compensating teams as originally promised. In September, Obey Alliance became the first team to formally withdraw from the league.

In addition to the split being pushed back, the league revealed there are no plans to schedule a second season. That would obligate the league to have paid the team stipends by Monday, which according to team sources, it did not.

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"The matter of the remaining League stipend payment is independent of this notification", Hall wrote.

Hall also mentioned the ever-decreasing playerbase of H1Z1, a game that appears to have been hit hardest by the rise of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale.

According to ESPN, the Pro League was supposed to pay each organization $400,000 per split, but failed to do so.

The H1PL launched in April, airing exclusively on Facebook, but apparently was only able to reach a height of 7,900 concurrent viewers on the platform.

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