The game Smite, developed by Hi-Rez Studios (Who have worked on a couple of Tribes games previously), was originally released in March of 2014. This MOBA is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Smite has been steadily gaining ground in the world of eSports, and Hi-Rez have been making all the right moves to make sure Smite reaches its potential. Sometimes it also takes a little bit of luck, and making all the right moves doesn’t guarantee a hit, but Smite is aiming right on target to be the next breakout eSport.
There’s still a long way to go to topple the top eSports, and everyone seems to be taking a stab at it these past couple of years, but Smite could be the one, for a few reasons…
For starters, the game itself is actually a lot of fun to both play, and to watch, two essential elements for a successful eSport. You won’t develop new skill in the game if there’s not a big talent pool of people who enjoy playing it all the time, and you won’t develop a massive following if nobody likes to watch it be played. Those are two of the biggest hurdles, and Smite clears them both easily.
Next up, Smite has a great team behind it, who have experience with competitive online games. The game is just one aspect of it, the community and managing complaints, expectations, and the general well-being of the players is another important aspect to creating a huge eSport.
You need support from the major teams, as well. If they aren’t touching your game, neither will their fanbases, and then you’re swimming against the current. Fnatic had a Smite team initially, but have since disbanded when a couple of their players were no longer interested and decided to focus on other games. Cloud9 also has a Smite team, and took home $75,000 in prize money last January. Luminosity and Soar Gaming are the teams currently dominating Smite’s leader boards this season, and with prize pools in the millions, they’re sure to attract plenty of competition.