Hi-Rez Studios Announces $10,000 SMITE Invitational PAX East Tournament

ATLANTA. March 6th 2013. Hi-Rez Studios today announced a $10,000 5v5 Invitational Tournament for SMITE to be played the weekend of PAX East between March 22-24. With seven teams already invited, the eighth team spot will be determined by a Wildcard qualifier event two weeks prior on Sunday March 10th. The Invitational tournament itself will be shoutcasted from the PAX show floor and broadcast via Twitch.TV.

SMITE will also be available for walk-up play on the PAX East show floor within the Twitch.TV booth.  Hi-Rez team members will be in attendance and, in combination with Twitch.TV and Alienware, will host SMITE events throughout the show including giveaways of the new SMITE 2013 Convention Skin, new Alienware skin for Ra, interaction with well-known SMITE streamers and pro players, and competitions to win T-shirts, SMITE Gems, and other prizes.

"PAX is always a great time because we get to meet and talk directly with the fans of our games," says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer. "We've been attending PAX events consistently since 2009 and this year we're excited to return and show off SMITE competitive play."

SMITE is currently in Open Beta and can be downloaded and played for free at www.smitegame.com.

The seven teams already selected to participate in the PAX East Tournament include:  ROOT Gaming, My Revenge EU, Curse.NA, Borderland Gaming NA, Reason Gaming, MyoElectric, and Vivacity E-Sports.

Further details about the PAX East Tournament, the Wildcard Qualifier, and team sign-up toward the Wilcard Qualifier can be found here.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda.  In April 2012 the company  released the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend, billed as the World's Fastest Shooter.  Hi-Rez Studios is now developing the upcoming action MOBA game SMITE.  For more info visit www.hirezstudios.com or contact press@hirezstudios.com  

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