The Smite World Championship is taking place in a few months, and the prize pool is getting bigger and bigger.
The Smite World Championship will kick off in Atlanta on 9 January 2015, and on that day, eight teams will be fighting it out for a prize that’s currently sat on $1,010,626 USD. There are two North American teams, two European teams, two Chinese teams, one Brazilian team, and one Hispanoamerican team.
The tournament will start off as two groups of four teams partaking in a round-robin tournament, with the top two from each group advancing to a single elimination bracket. This’ll result in a best-of-three semi-final, and then a best-of-five final. The whole thing will be streamed on Twitch, and naturally, you can go to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to watch live. $50 will net you a standard ticket (which still contains some nifty bonuses), while $200 will get you a LEGENDARY PASS, which gets you an invite to the VIP party and some exclusive seating for the matches.
The prize pool itself is growing in much the same way as Dota 2‘s The International prize pool – players can buy in-game Odyssey items which will contribute to the prize pool and earn players some nifty rewards. As such, I’d be surprised if it stays at $1 mil.
If nothing else, this proves that eSports is definitely a growing thing. Prize pools are getting bigger for every game, so there’s clearly some serious interest in this sort of thing. $1 mil doesn’t come close to the sort of money that more conventional professional sports teams play for, but it’s a hell of a lot better than we were getting even five years ago.
You can read more about the Smite World Championship over here.