Hi-Rez has never shied away from the fact that it is based on competitive games and believes esports is an integral part of the company. And over the last five years the studio has been building its esports scene by leaps and bounds, moving from that first SMITE tourney to multiple tournaments and world championships for more of its games and paying its league members a salary. (Over 10 million has been paid out to date between prizes and salaries.) This weekend’s expo at Dreamhack Atlanta crowned two new world champions (Team Envy for Paladins and Splyce for SMITE) and two world console champions (Astral Authority for SMITE and Elevate for Paladins). Even Realm Royale crowned champions Ausrhino and Kronicx in its first founders tournament. With that background, it is makes sense that Hi-Rez would want to build out its esports program. And that’s exactly what the studio is doing in 2019 on many fronts. COO Todd Harris, also the president of Skillshot Media, shared announcements that put the studio at the forefront of building the esports community locally as well as nationally, from college varsity championships to high school leagues to research partnerships. And to cap all that off,… Read full this story
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