I guess you can say you’ve made it as a MOBA if you’ve got yourself a World Championship. While League of Legends and Dota 2 have paved the way for high-stakes MOBA tournaments in the west, Hi-Rez Studio’s third-person mythological MOBA SMITE can now proudly count itself among the elite with the recent announcement of SMITE’s upcoming $600,000 World Championship.

Scheduled to be held on January 9th through the 11th of next year, SMITE’s inaugural World Championship will take place in Hi-Rez’s home town of Atlanta where the top two teams from North America, Europe and China will be joined by the top team from both Brazil and the Spanish-speaking portion of South America to battle it out on stage at the 2750-seat Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Like Dota 2, which used community driven crowdfunding to boost this year’s TI4 championship to an astronomical prize pool of 10 million, SMITE too will also use community contributions and exclusive content sales to boost the initial prize pool even higher. Hi-Rez has said they’ll have more details regarding the crowd-funding options in the near future.

Hi-Rez has already announce when and where qualifiers for the SMITE World Championship will take place in Europe and North America which can be seen below:

● In Europe:

  • * A $50,000 LAN Event will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the ESL Studio in Cologne,
  • The SMITE European Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 15 to 16, Germany, featuring the top four teams to emerge from the 10-week EU SWC On-line Qualifying Series. 2014, at the ESL Studio in Cologne, Germany. This event will feature the top six teams from Europe, with the final two teams continuing on to the World Championship.

● In North America:

  •  A $50,000 LAN Event will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom
  •  The SMITE North American Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22 to in Atlanta, within the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Complex, featuring the top four teams from the 10-week NA SWC On-line Qualifying Series. 23, 2014, at Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom in Atlanta, within the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Complex. This event will feature the top six teams from North America, with the final two teams continuing on to the World Championship.

Other region qualifiers are said to be announced at a later date. For those interested in finding out more concerning SMITE’s eSport scene, you can check out the official SMITE eSports website here.

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  1. Todoran on July 11, 2014

    has 3 games….. lets 2 to dye because of one that cannot beat LOL or DOTA2…. will faill Hi-Failz Studiouzzzzz are retards :))

  2. Todoran on July 11, 2014

    has 3 games….. lets 2 to dye becuse of one that cannot beat LOL or DOTA2…. will faill Hi-Failz Studiouzzzzz are retards :))

    • Killerjerick on July 21, 2014

      You call them retards, but you don’t have the decency to use a spell checker on your comment?

  3. MUH DIKK on July 8, 2014

    And now an announcement from Hi-Rez:

    MUH DIKK, MUH DIKK MUH DIKK MUH DIKK. MUH DIKK, MUH DIKK MUH DIKK MUH DIKK!! MUH DIKK MUH DIKK, M-M-MUH MUH DIKK. MUH DIKK!

  4. Mystika on July 5, 2014

    Why do people care about how Smite will never reach the numbers of Dota 2 or that Dota 2 will never reach the numbers of LoL? If people like the game/wanna try the game, they will come and vice versa if they don’t like it. Who cares about some arbitrary number?

  5. Me on July 4, 2014

    I love this game, wish I was Championship worthy to make it my regular job. But nope I suck.

  6. Name (Required) on July 4, 2014

    Haha .. nice try smite
    still got long way to reach lvl of dota2

  7. Name (Required) on July 4, 2014

    tried to download this game and play it but their 3rd party anti-cheat or whatever software kept me from playing. when will games learn…

    • killerjerick on July 21, 2014

      Firstly, they don’t have a 3rd party anti-cheat, it’s developed in house, secondly, false positives are an extremely rare occurrence… Unless you have some sort of overlay I don’t see how it could stop you from playing..

  8. Malice on July 4, 2014

    Love seeing success stories for Smite. Easily the latest and greatest MOBA. Fantastic theme, great design, pretty consistent updates and balances. Smite has proven itself to stand amongst the big boys.

    I still have a good laugh at all the little guys trying to get in on a piece of the MMO-hype pie, who go against DOTA2 and LoL with the oldschool archaic MOBA style. Talk about doing it wrong, companies should be competing with Smite in the new age. I’d say it’s in a very very solid position, but you never know. Companies have a better shot of taking out the new guy than two juggernauts.

    • Malice on July 4, 2014

      MOBA-hype*

      should not comment late at night. Sheesh.

    • ... on July 4, 2014

      Dota is better than smite, and will always be better.

  9. Dada on July 4, 2014

    Get on Valve’s level !!! 600000$ only pocket money.

  10. interesting on July 3, 2014

    Seems like the world of esports is really taking off.

    I wonder if its just a passing fad or if esports are here to stay.

    • Seth on July 4, 2014

      To stay. I believe that they’ll eventually become more popular than regular sports, especially with the new VR stuff that is being made. Once they perfect it (and they are getting very very close hardware wise) I could see that being the number one thing to watch. Imagine a call of duty esc game only players are actually running and jumping, actually making knifing motions, etc. Cool stuff. Already being done.

      On a side note. In the far far future I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw robots taking the place of people in some sports. I mean, you can put robots in much more dangerous and epic places and put them through much more strain than you can humans. Imagine a player puts on a VR helmet and suit or whatever, and then all of a sudden there’s a robot on some football field that mimics what he does. Tackling eachother at full force, robot pieces flyin everywhere. Shit, that’d be crazy to watch. Wouldn’t have any robots flopping on the soccer field like little girls either.

      • Flevalt on July 4, 2014

        Sounds a bit far-fetched but not unlikely at all. Unless flying drones get their own sport before any of that happens.

  11. Gelert on July 3, 2014

    No mounts

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