Paladins Worldwide Community Reaches 4 Million

New community focused esports tournament will now award $60,000 across 6 regions

November 15, 2016 – Alpharetta, GA – Since announcing Open Beta in September, Paladins, the team-based fantasy shooter from Hi-Rez Studios  has surpassed 4 million players worldwide and become one of the most popular games on Steam.

“The worldwide response to Paladins has been incredible,” said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of HI-Rez Studios. “It has been thrilling to see the game grow week-over-week since the Steam Open Beta began in mid-September, as well as to hear all of the player feedback, which we are constantly using to improve the game.”

Paladins entered Open Beta on Steam on September 16. It enters a Closed Beta on Xbox One and PS/4 soon. In addition, the game will be coming to the Chinese market soon through a partnership with Tencent.   

In celebration of this news and following up on the recent completion of the Paladins Champion Circuit, Hi-Rez Studios also has released additional details on the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic, an open competitive tournament to players around the world. Originally announced for just North America and Europe, the Classic has now expanded to include players from Oceania, Latin America, Brazil, and Russia. This tournament will be held in an open bracket format meaning that anyone can sign up to compete and the prizepool for each region will be $10,000.

“Paladins has a thriving community full of people who not only play Paladins themselves but love to watch others play at a competitive level,” Said Dan McHugh, Esports Manager of Hi-Rez Studios. “Every week there are new Paladins players making names for themselves, and this tournament will provide the rising stars of the growing Paladins community a chance to show their skills.”

The Evie’s Winter Classic takes place from November 12th – December 18th in the space between the end of the Champion’s Circuit Gauntlet and the Paladins Invitational at Hi-Rez Expo where the best Paladins teams in the world will play for $150,000. For more information on Evie’s Winter Classic visit the Paladins esports website here.

New players looking to join the Paladins PC open beta can download the game from the official website or Steam. Console players can sign up now for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 closed beta.

About Paladins

Paladins is a fantasy themed team-based shooter with strategy elements and deep character customization through its unique use of collectible cards. These cards amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities in many interesting ways. Paladins will be free-to-play for PC and current-generation consoles and is currently in Beta.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its games include the squad-based shooter Global Agenda, the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend and SMITE, the Battleground of the Gods. Hi-Rez Studios’ latest games include Jetpack Fighter, a swipe-to-attack high speed platformer for mobile devices, Paladins a fantasy FPS with progression using collectible cards which is currently in Beta, and the recently announced turn based strategy game SMITE Tactics.