Smite World Championship
Tournament information
SportSmite
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, US
Month playedNovember (since season 5), previously January
Established2015
Number of
tournaments
1 annually
AdministratorHi-Rez Studios
FormatDouble elimination placement stage + single elimination knockout stage
Teams8
Current champion
Camelot Kings

The Smite World Championship (SWC) is the annual world championship for the multiplayer online battle arena video game Smite.

History

Season 1 (2015)

From January 9–11, 2015 Hi-Rez Studios hosted the first Smite World Championship.[1][2] Teams from North America, South America, Europe and China travelled to Atlanta, Georgia for the tournament.[1] The US$2.6 million prize pool for the tournament was at the time the third-highest in eSports, behind the third and fourth iterations of Dota 2's The International and just slightly ahead of the League of Legends World Championships. One of the North American teams, COGnitive Prime, took home the first place prize of $1.3 million.[3]

Season 2 (2016)

The 2016 Smite World Championship was held from January 7–10, 2016, and featured tournaments for both the PC and Xbox One versions of the game.[4] The event was streamed on Twitch on the Smite Game TV account.[5] The total prize pool for the PC tournament was US$1 million.[6][7][8] European team Epsilon Esports defeated the North American team Enemy in the finals to win the 2016 event.

Season 3 (2017)

SWC 2017 was held January 5–8 as part of the Hi-Rez Expo event that also included a Smite console world championship, and the Paladins HRX invitational. It was streamed on the Hireztv twitch account and had a US$1 million prize pool. The 2016 champions, under the new banner of NRG Esports, defeated Obey Alliance to become the first repeat SWC winners.

Season 4 (2018)

The 2018 Smite World Championship was held from January 3–7, 2018. The total prize pool, $785,000, marked the first time the SWC prize pool dropped below $1 million. The North American team eUnited defeated Europe's Team Rival in the finals.

Season 5 (2019)

Unlike previous iterations which were held in January, the 2019 Smite World Championship was held from November 16–18, and in order to end the competitive season, was also held in 2018. The Smite World Championship also saw a move to the Georgia World Congress Center, whereas previous iterations were held in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The prize pool was estimated around $785,000. North American Splyce defeated EU's returning finalist Team Rival.

Season 6 (2020)

The 2020 Smite World Championship was held from November 15–17, 2019. The prize pool was estimated to have had a slight increase at $800,000. As its previous iteration, it was held at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 2019 season marked the end of the respective European and North American pro circuits in favor of a centralized pro league based at Hi-Rez Studios headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. SK Gaming defeated now three-time finalist Team Rival (fielding a different roster to previous years).

Season 7 (2021)

The 2021 Smite World Championship was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed being held in January, from January 5-11, 2021. The prize pool also dropped to $600,000. The Pittsburgh Knights (composed of 4 members of 2020's SK Gaming roster) defeated Ghost Gaming (composed of 4 members of 2020's Team Rival roster) in a rematch of the 2020 finals. In doing so, 4 members of the Pittsburgh Knights became the second ever repeat winners of the SWC.

Season 8 (2022)

The 2022 Smite World Championship was held in-studio but without a live audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic from January 6-9, 2022. The prize pool further dropped to $400,000. The Atlantis Leviathans became the first Latin American winners of the SWC, defeating the Tartarus Titans. Steven 'Zapman' Zapas, carry player for the Atlantis Leviathans, became the first player to win the SWC on three occasions, having previously won in 2021 and 2020 with the Pittsburgh Knights and SK Gaming respectively.

Season 9 (2023)

The 2023 Smite World Championship was played in front of a live audience for the first time in 2 years from January 14-16, 2023. The SWC was also held outside of Georgia for the first time, at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The prize pool slightly increased to $415,000. The Camelot Kings defeated returning finalists Tartarus Titans. Libardo 'Jarcorr' López, ADC for the Kings, became the first player to win the SWC in two different roles, having won the 2022 SWC as the Solo laner for Leviathans.

Past results

Year Champion Runner-up 3rd–4th place Most valuable player
2015 COGnitive Prime Titan COGnitive Red (3rd) SK Gaming (4th) MLCSt3alth – Mid lane (COGnitive Prime)
2016 Epsilon Esports Enemy Cloud9 Paradigm Yammyn – Mid lane (Epsilon eSports)
2017 NRG Esports Obey Alliance Luminosity Gaming Team Eager emilitoo – ADC (NRG Esports)
2018 eUnited Team RivaL NRG Esports Obey Alliance Venenu – Mid lane (eUnited)
2019 Splyce Team RivaL Dignitas Trifecta Cyno – Jungler (Splyce)
2020 SK Gaming Team RivaL Renegades Dignitas sam4soccer2 – Jungler (SK Gaming)
2021 Pittsburgh Knights Ghost Gaming Renegades Radiance NeilMah – Support (Pittsburgh Knights)
2022 Atlantis Leviathans Tartarus Titans Camelot Kings Solar Scarabs Jarcorrr – Solo lane (Atlantis Leviathans)
2023 Camelot Kings Tartarus Titans Jade Dragons Olympus Bolts Genetics - Support (Camelot Kings)

References

  1. ^ a b "SMITE World Championships 2015". Hirez Studios. Hirez Studios. Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Thursten, Chris (January 11, 2015). "Smite World Championship 2015: Grand Finals in review". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "SWC Results". Hirez Studios. Hi-Rez Studios. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015.
  4. ^ Fahey, Mike (January 6, 2016). "The 2016 Smite World Championship Starts Tomorrow. Here's What To Expect". Kotaku. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Thursten, Chris (January 7, 2016). "Smite World Championship 2016: what you need to know". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Lingle, Samuel (January 7, 2016). "The year's first million-dollar esports event is live". The Daily Dot. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "How an esports tournament is built, Smite World Championship recap, behind the scenes of esports". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Your 2016 Smite World Champions Are Not These Guys".