Hi-Rez Studios’ team-based free-to-play shooter Paladins has become something of an internet sensation as of late thanks to a very successful Open Beta launch. According to the Steam charts, the game has quickly made its way to the top 10 most played games on the popular platform after just one week since the developers opened up the flood gates via Early Access.
Thanks to the unexpected success of their latest title on Steam, the folks over at Hi-Rez Studios have announced today that the first-ever Paladins Invitational tournament will be expanded to include teams from all over the world. While initially the plan was to allow only teams from North America and Europe, Hi-Rez has recently teamed up with a number of global partners in order to also welcome players from Brazil, Latin America, Australia/New Zeeland, and China.
“The Paladins Open Beta had an explosive first weekend with well over 100,000 new accounts created in the first 24 hours”, said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios co-founder and COO. “We’ve also seen a very strong interest in Paladins from competitive players and esports organizations worldwide and are therefore extending the Paladins Invitational to include more regions and more teams”
The first Paladins Invitational will take place early next year between January 5-7 and will feature a total prize pool worth $150,000.