ONE FOR THE BOOKS: HI-REZ STUDIOS BREAKS DOWN THE DATA BEHIND THE INAUGURAL SMITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1 Veröffentlicht:15. Jan 2015 von Link
The Gods have spoken. After three days of intense competition between eight teams from around the world, Hi-Rez Studios crowned one incredible group of players the ultimate victors of the first season of its action MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game SMITE, at the 2015 SMITE World Championship (SWC).
The grand finale climaxed on Sunday with a nail-biting game five tie-breaker between North American Cognitive Prime and Europe’s Titan, with Cognitive Prime ultimately prevailing. The final day of the SWC brought in over a million unique viewers on SMITE’s official Twitch channel, making it the top viewed channel across all of Twitch. In addition to the packed auditorium that watched the tournament live from Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, close to 2.9 million cumulative daily unique viewers (the sum total of each day’s unique viewer count) tuned in to watch the event online – nearly one viewer for every dollar at stake for the players.
As the winners of the SWC, Cognitive Prime took home the lion’s share of the $2,612,610 prize pool, of which over $2 million was raised via crowdfunding through SMITE’s in-game promotion, the Odyssey. For its first place finish, Cognitive Prime was awarded $1,306,130 in cash plus the mammoth SMITE World Championship trophy. Titan earned $522,452 as the runner-up, with Cognitive Red and SK Gaming winning $391,839 and $261,226 for third and fourth places, respectively. The bottom four teams each received $32,653.
Hi-Rez Studios would like to congratulate all those who competed and thank all those who watched this tremendous milestone for the SMITE community. While the victors rest, for Hi-Rez, the battle wages on. The second season of SMITE commences soon, complete with new challenges and surprises, and SMITE will come to the Xbox One later this year. 170,000 Xbox One gamers have registered for the beta since it was announced shortly before the SWC began. SMITE’s new cinematic trailer, which premiered in the days leading to the SWC, has been viewed over one million times across YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDOxxRf4muE.
To sign up for SMITE’s upcoming closed beta debut on Xbox One, please visit http://www.hirezstudios.com/smite/xbox.
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