Hi-Rez’s free-to-play shooter Paladins hasn’t even stepped out of Beta on the PC yet and the company is already announcing the game has passed the 4 million players mark. To celebrate this milestone, Hi-Rez has revealed more information on the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic, expanding it to include players from Oceania, Latin America, Brazil, and Russia and offering each region a $10,000 prize pool.

The Winter Classic runs from November 12th – December 18th. More information can be found on the Paladins’ website. This event has no impact on the teams heading to the Hi-Rez Expo, but it will keep the action going between now and the big event.

Paladins entered Open Beta on Steam September 16 and will begin Closed Beta testing on Xbox One and PS4 soon — no official date has been offered at this time.

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  1. I recent;y been checking Pals and it’s definitely not a bad game.
    Just needs more stuff in it, like champs, maps, modes, cards, etc.
    Definitely going to get bigger this game with time.

  2. Only brainless going to play this shit and invest! I tried thats shit, hi rez sux with these copy paste games, no brains left in that team sinc global agenda, just cash grab from degenarates with same iq who play these shits!

    • And the overwatch vs paladins debate probably won’t end for a while I bet. But personally I’d pick overwatch since I favor it.

    • Both are above avg quality in terms of gaming goes. One’s free the others not. The free one everyone can play, the other one has a pay gate to get into. More people will play Paladins because of this. There are more poor people in this world than there are the wealthy. While Paladins cant beat the better quality of game Overwatch is, Overwatch cant beat free. GG

      • He means deep as in complex, in depth, strategic, basically more structured. Don’t have to be a douche about what you don’t understand

          • It’s okay, Merkadis doesn’t understand that some shooters have skills, placement, characters that build, etc. Overwatch is a fantastically fun game and you’ll notice working together with people and mixing ults/communication/cooldown calc/synergy is what makes it “in depth”. I think merkadis doesn’t even play actual video games and just comes here to be slow

    • It is deep, but on other levels. Paladins has less lore, but i would only compare games in regards of gameplay complexity if you call them “deep”.

      Team composition is way more important in Paladins without hero switch.

      Item purchases can make or break a game, although most people in pub games suck at this (agression is NOT the best attack item!).

      Also card customisation allows you to tweak the heroes to your personal playstyle. A turret barik and a shield barik have both their pros and cons.

      Just saying “OV is “deeper” without context does not cut it here i think!

      • The lore in Overwatch isn’t implemented into the game. If you want to find out about it, you have to read outside the game and watch videos. If they made it PvE with cutscenes, it might have been better, right now Overwatch is just Paladins made by Blizzard and Paladins is Ovewatch made by Hi-Rez Studios.


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