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Smite (SMITE) is a third person multiplayer online battle arena video game, released by Hi-Rez Studios in 2014. Subtitled “Battleground of the Gods” the game puts the player in the role of a deity or similar mythological character to battle the opponent.
There are several game modes but most popular is the Conquest mode in which 2 teams of 5 a side each seek to destroy the Titan at the centre of the opponents base, whilst at the same time preventing their own Titan (base) from being destroyed. Although Smite was not the first multiplayer online battle arena game in the world, it was the first to focus exclusively on characters inspired by deities and mythological figures from real-world pantheons. There are around 100 characters for players to choose from, and those characters are taken from thirteen different pantheons, including Roman, Chinese, Mayan, Norse, Hindu and Egyptian.
When a game begins in Conquest mode, each team of five players is situated at opposite ends of the map. The players each receive a sum of gold which they can use to equip themselves with weapons and powers to defeat the opposing team. Three lanes run across the whole map, and each lane is protected by a Phoenix and two towers. The teams must destroy the Phoenix and towers of the opposing team before finally destroying the Titan. Players are assisted in their quest by minions, who help to attack opposing players and anything else in their path.
Smite has been an esports event for several years, with Hi-Rez Studios itself making it possible for teams of players to compete professionally. The first Smite World Championship was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2015 and offered a total prize pool of $2.6 million, half of which was taken by the winner. The Smite World Championship has been held every January since that 2015 beginning, and although the total amount of prize money on offer has decreased over time (to $1 million in 2016 and 2017, and $785,000 in 2018) the interest amongst those who watch Smite matches has remained strong.
There aren’t many games that allow you to watch what happens when deities go head-to-head in battle, so Smite matches are rather unique in the esports scene and should continue to attract audience. Stay tuned with esportsguide to keep yourself updated with all live and upcoming matches.
You can read more info about this game in the SMITE Guide.