Hi-Rez announces $100K Paladins tourney

    
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Paladins isn’t officially launched yet, but Hi-Rez is already planning its competitive scene — and its first tournament. On the official forums yesterday, Hi-Rez President Stewart Chisam wrote,

At Hi-Rez, we are very serious about esports, and we feel Paladins has strong potential to become a great competitive game. Doing so, however, will require “early adopters” to come into the scene to help us shape and grow the competitive gameplay. […]

In order to encourage and reward the players and teams that come on board to Paladins early, we are announcing today the Paladins $100,000 Founder’s Tournament.

Four teams will be selected to attend the early spring Founders’ Tournament at the Hi-Rez eSports Arena in Atlanta — two from Europe and two from North America. The studio promises more info in January. “For us, this tournament is a starting point, not an ending point,” Chisam wrote.

Source: Forums, press release
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PurpleCopper I think they appeal to a broadly similar demographic – those seeking a team-based shooter with good weapon-handling, abilities & ‘Ults’, and a little more by way of tactics than the run-and-gun variety of shooter. 

Sales cannibalisation should be a real concern. Players may be hesitant to spend money on any of these games with the likelihood that several of them will, either, fail or have too small a player-base to support decent matchmaking. Overwatch, thus far, has had the strongest gameplay showing, a competition-friendly monetisation model, and enough mindshare to convince people that it has a good chance of outlasting its rivals.

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Overwatch is just a FPS game, Gigantic and Paragon on the other hand is alot like a traditional MOBA (except from a third person shooter perspective).

Battleborn and Paladins however seems to be the run of the mill infinite-ammo-special-abilities-FPS  category as Overwatch, though.

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Skyewauker

Armsbend Sorenthaz Its always been like that.  I was a pro counter-strike 1.0 / 1.3 player.  I played in a couple CPLs with BiO.  I can tell you first hand that all eSports scenes are imbred fests.  Once the circle is defined, its very hard to get into it.

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Skyewauker

Armsbend fakepants You love some TF2, but it won’t hold a candle to Overwatch once it releases.  Demolish?  You crack me up.  TF2 won’t even be in the same league as Overwatch.  TF2 has what 50k peak a day?  Do they still run the afk servers with scripts for item farming?  TF2 has had its day.  A new king will be crowned soon.

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fakepants Overwatch is hopeful it wont get demolished by the game it is copying:  Team Fortress 2.  Everyone is gambling this year.

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Sorenthaz that is why I assumed smite pros would be the only ones invited.  there is no way for a regular person to move around so its just a circle jerk club.  

I’m not a pro so it doesnt affect my wallet I just can see a bullshit circle jerk when it is a bullshit circle jerk.

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Battleborn, Gigantic, Paragon and Paladins – each needs do to something to distinguish itself in the (vain?) hope of not being demolished by Overwatch.

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Armsbend Eh most of the SMITE pros don’t actually touch Paladins.  Maybe the team orgs will step into it, and there are some orgs that seem to be interested, but it’ll probably be awhile before any big names like Cloud 9, Dignitas, Fnatic, or TSM come into it.

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Greaterdivinity spend $100 on adverts or $100 a much longer form of advertising where the participants will only say good things about your game for some tshirts and $2500 apiece.  My guess is advertising costs through these tourneys have drastically reduced the marketing costs of companies with much greater impact in the short term.  That is the reason they are so adamantly into it.

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In other words, we are inviting our favorite SMITE teams to pass around some more money.  Boring as fuck.