Hi-Rez announces changes to Paladins Invitational

Hi-Rez Studios has announced that the first ever Paladins Invitational will be a truly global affair. 

Todd Harris, Hi-Rez
Todd Harris, Hi-Rez

It will include not only teams from the Western world such as North America and Europe but also include teams from further afield including Brazil, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

The Invitational is taking place at the Hi-Rez Expo in January 5-8 next year in Atlanta, Georgia and there’s $150,000 (£115,000) to play for. 

Hi-Rez Studios’ new team based shooter Paladins recently launched into Open Beta including Early Access availability on Steam. It only took one week for Early Access Paladins to shoot its way into Steam’s Top 10 Games by player count. The Paladin’s global community continues to grow day to day worldwide. 

Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios co-founder and COO said: “The Paladins Open Beta had an explosive first weekend with well over 100,000 new accounts created in the first 24 hours. We’ve also seen a very strong interest in Paladins from competitive players and esports organizations worldwide and are therefore extending the Paladins Invitational to include more regions and more teams.”

Hi-Rez Studios is partnered with the likes of Level Up, Double Jump, and Tencent and these firms will be overseeing regional tournaments in Brazil/Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, and China respectively to determine which get the welcome to Atlanta. 

Tickets are still available for the Hi-Rez Expo but if you’re unable to make it you can watch live via the Twitch stream. 

Esports Insider says: Paladins is a booming newcomer to esports and a $150,000 global Invitational so early on is great news for the game’s scene.