Smite World Championship

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Smite World Championship
Smite World Championship logo.png
Tournament information
SportSmite
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, US
Month playedJanuary
Established2015
Number of
tournaments
1 annually
Administrator(s)Hi-Rez Studios
FormatDouble Elimination Placement Stage + Single Elimination Knockout Stage
Teams10
Current champion
Splyce

Smite World Championship is the annual world championship for the multiplayer online battle arena video game Smite.

From January 9–11, 2015 Hi-Rez Studios hosted the first Smite World Championship.[1][2] Teams from North America, South America, Europe, and China traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the tournament.[1] The $2.6 million prize pool for the tournament was at the time the third-highest in eSports, behind the third and fourth iterations of Dota 2's The International, and just slightly ahead of the League of Legends World Championships. One of the North American teams, COGnitive Prime, took home the first place prize of $1.3 million.[3]

The 2016 iteration was held from January 7–10, 2016, and featured tournaments for both the PC and Xbox One versions of the game.[4] The event was streamed on twitch.tv on the SMITE Game TV account.[5] The total prize pool for the PC tournament was $1 million USD.[6][7][8]

SWC 2017 was held January 5–8, as part of the Hi-Rez Expo event that also included a Smite console world championship, and the Paladins HRX invitational. It was streamed on the Hireztv twitch account, and had a $1 million USD prize pool. The winner was the European team NRG Esports, who won the 2016 event under the Epsilon name.

The 2018 Smite World Championship was held from January 3–7, 2018. The prize pool was at its lowest $785,000. The North American team eUnited defeated EU's Team Rival in the finals.

Past results[edit]

Season Champion Runner up Third place Most valuable player
Season 0 (Launch Tournament) Team SoloMid Team Dignitas COGnitive Gaming Gamehunter (Solo lane; Team SoloMid)
Season 1 COGnitive Prime Titan COGnitive Red MLCSt3alth (Mid lane; COGnitive Prime)
Season 2 Epsilon eSports Enemy Cloud9/Paradigm Yammyn (Mid lane; Epsilon eSports)
Season 3 NRG Esports Obey Alliance Luminosity Gaming/Team Eager emilitoo (Hunter; NRG Esports)
Season 4 eUnited Team RivaL NRG Esports/Obey Alliance Venenu(Mid lane; eUnited)
Season 5 Splyce Team RivaL Dignitas (esports)/Trifecta Cyno (Jungler; Splyce)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SMITE World Championships 2015". Hirez Studios. Hirez Studios. Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Thursten, Chris (January 11, 2015). "Smite World Championship 2015: Grand Finals in review". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "SWC Results". Hirez Studios. Hi-Rez Studios. Archived from the original on 2015-01-23.
  4. ^ Fahey, Mike (January 6, 2016). "The 2016 Smite World Championship Starts Tomorrow. Here's What To Expect". Kotaku. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Thursten, Chris (January 7, 2016). "Smite World Championship 2016: what you need to know". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Lingle, Samuel (January 7, 2016). "The year's first million-dollar esports event is live". The Daily Dot. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "How an esports tournament is built, Smite World Championship recap, behind the scenes of esports". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  8. ^ http://kotaku.com/your-2016-smite-world-champions-are-not-these-guys-1752167199