SMITE announces world championships for 2015

Because what we really need in gaming is more chest-pounding machismo.

Are you the best SMITE player in the world? Are you sure about that? If so, maybe you should go ahead and take part in the SMITE World Championships. The company has just announced that the championship tournament will take place January 9th to 11th, 2015, along with qualifier dates for North America and Europe, all of which can be found just past the break.

Players will be competing for a grand prize of $600,000, a pool which is expected to grow over the next half-year in the lead-in to the event. You can check out the official e-sports site for the game to find out how to register your team and try to make it into the big leagues, or just check out the trailer below. Maybe you just like to spectate, after all. It's cool.

ATLANTA, July 2, 2014. Hi-Rez Studios, a leader in global eSports and makers of SMITE, the popular mythology-themed third-person action game for the PC, today announced that the SMITE World Championship (SWC) will be held January 9-11, 2015, at Atlanta's 2,750-seat Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The starting prize pool for the three-day SMITE World Championship is $600,000. That prize amount should increase significantly prior to the event, based on community contributions and exclusive content sales which will be announced by Hi-Rez in the near future, the developer said.

"As SMITE continues to grow, it is quickly becoming a leader in professional competitive gaming," said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios. "With teams from North America, Asia, Europe and South America, this will be a truly global championship. We can't wait to host the world's best here in our hometown of Atlanta for this landmark event."

The SMITE World Championship will feature the top two teams each from North America, Europe and China, joined by the top team from Brazil, and the top team from Spanish-speaking South America.

"Competitive gaming and eSports are growing exponentially in Georgia," said Asante Bradford, Georgia Department of Economic Development project manager. "We are very excited to partner with Hi-Rez Studios for this event to help showcase the growing gaming community in the state."

Hi-Rez also announced the dates and venues for upcoming live eSports events to be held in North American and Europe, on the path to the World Championship.

Qualifying dates and venues for the Latin American and Chinese tracks will be announced at a later date.

[Source: Hi-Rez Studios press release]