H1Z1 Invitational Set For TwitchCon, You Can Join In

H1Z1 [official site] is to hold its first official tournament on September 26th at TwitchCon, the streaming service’s new event highlighting their community and broadcasters. It will use the Battle Royale mode, where groups of players are dropped into a world and then must duke it out until only one or a small group remains, like The Hunger Games with zombies. Or like Battle Royale with zombies, I guess.

Surviving means prizes, and here it will be share of a real-money pool funded by cosmetic purchases within the game, similar to Valve’s International funding. Various famous streamers have been invited and a social media competition is running to let members of the public get involved too. The announcement trailer and details are below.

The developers have written up “>instructions on how you can join the Invitational on their site. Essentially you post on Twitter using #H1Z1Contest and @H1Z1game, explaining why you “are a #BRbadass.” You can already view some 500+ entries and vote on whether they’re good or bad. Most of them are very, very bad. Photos, videos or short stories seem to be welcome and it’s all about who can make the most imaginative post and get the most eyes on it.

The full list of invited players and what you can get out of the crate is on the official announcement post. Naturally it’ll all be streamed live and it has potential to be an interesting watch, being a quite different sort of competitive play than we’re used to – large, flexible teams on bigger maps with a theme of outlasting one-another rather than going for the throat. And betrayal. Lots and lots of betrayal.

You can grab H1Z1, which is still in endless open world zombie survival Early Access, on Steam for £14.99/$19.99, though it’ll be free when it comes out. Alec liked it despite himself when it launched in January and the game seems to have improved a lot since then. It’s also sold quite a bit.


  1. DarkMalice says:

    Soooo, they’re doing what Ark did just the other week then. Admittedly it’s an interesting format to watch (I loved Battle Royale), just it feels a little like they’re chasing coattails whereas Ark stepped up and said ‘this is what we want to do with this format, we think it is fun and you’ll like it too’. Ark isn’t planning to charge you extra to play that game mode on top of the game cost either.

    You can ignore me though, I’m a complete fanboy of Ark who felt really let down by H1Z1 when it came out.

  2. Distec says:

    This Battle Royale stuff would be fine if the core game itself wasn’t so pointless and boring. I feel like this is a game going nowhere.

    • Terragot says:

      It’s a game that will only ever go as far as their competitors lead them.

    • anHorse says:

      I do hope we one day reach the point where either DayZ or one of the hundreds of games inspired by it becomes good, interesting and at least near complete

  3. Pulstar says:

    Tune in to any Daisy or Hazy stream and guaranteed 90% of the time it’s some character in 3rd person view running across a field or forest. Boring.

    • fish99 says:

      That describes the survival mode pretty well, but the BR is like an hour long at most and usually has plenty of combat.

  4. meepmeep says:

    Surely this is open to fixing by said streamers arranging ahead of time to work together? Or is that part of the point?