Hi-Rez Studios' ongoing partnership with DreamHack Atlanta will bring fans SMITE and Paladins competitive events as part of the fifth Hi-Rez Expo scheduled for November 16-18. The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center along with the ongoing DreamHack.
While the announcement is indeed a new development, DreamHack and Hi-Rez have collaborated to put forth SMITE and Paladins tournaments in the past. Previously, Hi-Rez hosted competitions for SMITE and Paladins as well as Hands of the Gods: SMITE Tactics in 2017 when the host was again DreamHack.
Shedding some light on the competitions themselves
The SMITE Championships will feature $1 million in ready money, whereas Paladins’ awards will be to the tune of $300,000. In both cases, the grand total will be divvied up by the console and PC competitors.
Even though SMITE’s been injecting capital in the tournaments once again, it’s far below the 2015 levels when the company had $2.6 million in ready money to give away. Meanwhile, Hi-Rez has been overhauling its operations, spinning off new entities, and branding them as fresh companies. As a result, Hi-Rez operates a rich portfolio of companies, including Titan Forge Games, Evil Mojo Games, and Heroic Leap Games. Each of these studios will focus on a specific title.
More specifically, Mojo is taking Paladins, Leap Games will work on Realm Royale, and Titan Forge will help SMITE better its eSports prospects. The partnership with DreamHack is an excellent opportunity for the company to expose all its products and whip up some hype about them.