SMITE's unique third person take on the MOBA genre clawed a niche in the market, leaving it standing tall among the giants of the genre. Today they take another step, leaving open beta and officially launching the game. Technically, the difference between beta and launch is indistinguishable. Free-to-play, online games have the benefit of declaring their official release as they please. SMITE, however, has other plans in mind.
To celebrate the launch of their game, Hi-Rez Studios is running a tournament in Atlanta, Georgia with a $200,000 prize-pool. A hugely generous sum for a game battling giants like League of Legends and Dota 2. In front of a live audience eight teams, the top four from North America and the top four from Europe, will battle it out. These teams have each qualified via the SMITE Weekly Tournament Series that began in January. It will be livestreamed via the official SMITE Twitch channel, of course. The tournament begins March 28 and will run through March 30.
MOBA SMITE features five on five team-based action where players select their unique characters from a pantheon of gods and push to control the map, ultimately destroying their opponents base. It's free to play, with various microtransactions to speed along certain acquisitions and also visual customizations. Check out the official site for more information, or simply bathe in the beauty of SMITE's newly released cinematic teaser.