Smite World Championship
Tournament information
SportSmite
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, US
Month playedNovember (since season 5), previously January
Established2015
Number of
tournaments
1 annually
Administrator(s)Hi-Rez Studios
FormatDouble elimination placement stage + single elimination knockout stage
Teams10
Current champion
Atlantis Leviathans

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

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]

The 2016 iteration 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]

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 winner was the South African team Titan Esports, who won the 2016 event under the Sigma name. The team player at the time was: Morkel Terblaunche, GC du Toit, Damion van Niekerk, JJ Swanepoel and Quenton Rebb.

The 2018 Smite World Championship was held from January 3–7, 2018. The prize pool was at its lowest $785,000. The North American team eUnited defeated EU's Team Rival in the finals.

Unlike previous iterations which were held in January, SWC 2019 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 finalists Team Rival.

SWC 2020 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. SK Gaming defeated now three-time finalist Team Rival (different roster to previous years).

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 – Hunter (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)

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".