Wes “Clutch” Price announced on Twitter Jan. 12 he has joined 343 industries as Pro Team Lead for Halo: Infinite. The Pro Team is know for gameplay balancing and introducing competitive modes such as Strongholds in Halo 5 Guardians. Clutch will lead the Pro Team into the upcoming Halo: Infinite.
For over a decade Halo has played a huge part in my life. I’m excited to announce that I have accepted a position at 343 as Pro Team Lead. I can’t wait to continue my journey with the franchise working on Halo Infinite! pic.twitter.com/wnBvoKXD8e
— Wes Price (@Wes_Clutch) January 13, 2019
The 29-year-old veteran began his career at MLG Dallas 2006, placing below Top 32. In 2009, Clutch joined Believe the Hype and achieved his greatest professional accomplishment at the Halo 3 National Championship in 2009. Clutch retired in 2012 after placing 9-12th at the Halo: Reach Winter Classic.
During the era of Halo 5 Guardians, Clutch appeared as a commentator and coached Counter Logic Gaming during X-Games Aspen in 2016. The team placed second at the event, and Clutch continued to coach Counter Logic Gaming until they won the 2016 Halo World Championship.
Clutch now has the opportunity to use his competitive experience in designing the multiplayer in Halo: Infinite. Clutch fills the position after former professional players Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Mason “Neighbor” Cobb, Eric “GH057ayame” Hewitt left 343 Industries over the span of a year. When Neighbor announced his resignation, he left behind the message #classichalofan. Fans speculated that this was a hint of disagreement between the Pro Team and the rest of 343 Industries, but Neighbor has never clarified his tweet publicly.