Local tournament part of the growing worldwide interest in e-sports
ATLANTA. March 27, 2014. This weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, a live audience of 1,000 people will gather within Center Stage theater to watch eight teams from across North America and Europe compete in a video game tournament for a prize pool of over $200,000 in cash.
The event is expected to draw an online viewing audience of over 100,000 between March 28 and the Grand Finals on Sunday March 30.
As global interest in video game competitions continues to grow, the largest tournament audiences now rival televised sporting events. Live-streaming and viewing of competitive 'e-sports' events now draw over 45 million viewers each month according to live-stream leader Twitch.TV.
This weekend's event is the largest e-sports event to date in Georgia. Hi-Rez Studios, an Alpharetta based developer of online computer games, is hosting the tournament in celebration of their latest computer game SMITE. Additional event sponsors include Alienware, Alpharetta Technology Commission, Battle & Brew, Greenberg Traurig, Highwinds, Intel, Internap, Logitech, and Tripwire Interactive.
SMITE is a mythology themed online multiplayer game for the PC. Players assume the role of a god or goddess from world mythology and battle in teams of five versus five.
During its Beta period SMITE accumulated over 3 million registered players before its official release on March 25th. Hi-Rez Studios announced the Launch Tournament in January of 2014 with a company contribution of $100,000. An additional $100,000 was raised by the community that plays the game, based on sales of exclusive in-game virtual merchandise.
The SMITE Launch Tournament event will be streamed worldwide and can be viewed for free at twitch.tv/smitegame.
The SMITE Launch Tournament is the anchor event of GameVid Expo, a conference focused on the explosion of games and online video. GameVid Expo is being held this weekend at the W Hotel - Midtown Atlanta. gamevidexpo.com