Smite Celebrates Launch with $200,000 Tournament
New and upcoming games like Infinite Crisis, Heroes of the Storm, Dawngate, and Strife offer a slightly different spin on the classic, tried and true MOBA formula. Smite, which officially launches today, does things differently.
Hi-Rez shifts the camera to third-person perspective in Smite, adds WASD controls, and removes auto targeting. It’s a fun, truly different MOBA and it’s celebrating its launch with a $200,000 tournament in Atlanta. (Of note: back when Hi-Rez first announced the official launch date, it said the tournament would provide $100,000 in prize money. Evidently it was a profitable beta.)
In this wacky free-to-play, alpha-beta release world, it’s a bit silly to say Smite is launching today given that it has been open to all for more than a year. It really is fun, though, so I thought it was worth a mention for you MOBA fans out there who have yet to give it a try. Based on the infographic Hi-Rez released today, which indicates more than 74 million hours worth of matches have already been played, there aren’t too many of you left:
As for that launch tournament, it features the top four teams from Europe and the top four from America, and it will kick off on Friday. Tune in to Smite’s Twitch channel if you want to watch the action unfold.