Hi-Rez Studios and Surprise Attack have announced that SMITE has now launched on Xbox One.
SMITE amassed over one million unique players during its Xbox One beta testing phase, with Hi-Rez Studios mentioning that all purchases, progress and achievements from that period will carry over. Newcomers can now access the complete SMITE experience directly via Xbox Live.
Todd Harris, co-founder and COO of Hi-Rez Studios comments on the success of the SMITE beta, mentioning that “With over one million participants in our beta, there is clearly an appetite for the right MOBA on console”.
“MOBAs have historically been a PC-only genre, but SMITE’s action oriented gameplay is agreat fit with the Xbox One controller. The strong player retention we’ve seen during beta makes us confident that this is just the beginning for console MOBAs and console eSports.”
SMITE has also slated its first major Xbox One tournament from October 16-18 in New Orleans as part of the Major League Gaming World Finals . Teams will compete for a spot in the MLG Pro League, as well as a $25,000 prize.
The MLG Pro League consists of 6-8 teams, one of which will qualify for the SMITE World Championship presented by Xbox One from January 7-10. The SWC will feature two tournaments; the Season 2 PC championship made up of 10 teams from around the world competing for a $1 million prize pool and an Xbox invitational made up of 4 teams competing for a $150,000 prize pool. All further season ticket sales will go toward additional SMITE tournament winnings.
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