Smite Gets Official Launch Date, $100,000 Tournament

It’s been in open beta for nearly a year, and it really wasn’t all that difficult to get in on the closed beta well before that, but Hi-Rez’s free third-person MOBA, Smite, still hasn’t been released yet. Not officially at least.

Now we know when it will be. Hi-Rez announced this morning that Smite will launch — for real this time — on March 25, 2014 in North America and Europe. (And yes, all your beta stats and stuff will carry over into the official launch.)

Shortly after the launch, Hi-Rez will host a Smite release party tournament in Atlanta, Georgia, with $100,000 in prizes up for grabs. It will take place the weekend of March 29 in front of a live audience and pit the top four teams in Europe and the top four in North America against one another. These teams will be selected based on their performance in the Smite Weekly Tournament Series, which is set to kick off on January 4. More info and sign-ups are available on the Smite Esports website.

I haven’t played Smite in some time, but I enjoyed my experience with it last year. Hi-Rez is on to something with it’s mix of MMO arena battles and MOBAs, and according to the studio, more than 2.5 million people are already registered and playing. Not bad for a beta.

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