Add SMITE to the list of top video game prize pools! Hi-Rez has officially announced that the prize pool for the upcoming Smite World Championships (SWC) has surpassed the $1 million mark! This makes SMITE the 4th game in history to offer a prize of over $1 million for a single event.
As if that weren’t enough, there’s plenty of time for this prize pool to grow dramatically. The way this works is that the SWC prize pool increases each time SMITE players purchase special exclusive content from the Odyssey, a special mythology themed promotion inside of the game. Over $400,000 USD in community contributions have been made to the prize pool in 7 weeks…and there’s still 14 weeks left for the prize pool to grow even more!
SWC will take place on January 9th-11th 2015, at Atlanta’s 2,750 seat Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The event will host the top 2 teams each from North America, Europe, and China, as well as the single top team each from Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
We all now I’m not in the running for these prizes due to my terrible MOBA play, but if you think you have what it takes, here’s the qualifying event details:
The SMITE European Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 15 to 16, 2014, at the ESL Studio in Cologne, Germany. Tickets for this event are currently sold out but you can watch live via twitch.tv/smitegame.
The SMITE North American Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22 to 23, 2014, at Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom in Atlanta, within the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Complex.
The SMITE Brazil Championship will be held December 6 at ComicCon Experience in São Paulo, Brazil. Further details to be released soon.
The SMITE Hispanoamérica Championship will be held November 29 in Bogota, Colombia. Further details to be released soon.
The SMITE China Championship will be held in Shanghai in late November. Further details to be released soon.
I have to say though, Hi-Rez puts together a pretty entertaining video to show exactly how much $1 million USD is in various world (and not so worldly) currencies! Check out the new SWC site!