Paladins Breaks Into Steam's Top 10, Expands Tournament

Published: September 27, 2016 9:30 AM /



Hi-Rez Studios has announced that their game Paladins has become one of the top 10 most played games on Steam according to a news post on the game's official website. Additionally, they will be expanding the Paladins Invitational tournament to include more regions worldwide.

Paladins is a team-based shooter with MOBA elements that launched in September 2016. The game is listed as one of the top 10 most played games on Steam with a peak of just over 40,000 players. The game has had over 100,000 new accounts created in 24 hours during the first weekend of its Open Beta.

The Paladins Invitational is a tournament that will be held at the Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, Georgia from January 5-8, 2017. Hi-Rez Studios co-founder and COO Todd Harris has stated, “We’ve also seen a very strong interest in Paladins from competitive players and e-sports organizations worldwide and are therefore extending the Paladins Invitational to include more regions and more teams”

The tournament will include teams from North America, Europe, China, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, and Brazil. Hi-Rez Studios global partners will be conducting regional tournaments as a lead-up to the invitational. Level Up will be covering Brazil/Latin America, Double Jump will be covering Australia/New Zealand, and Tencent will be covering China. Following the completion of the regional games, eight teams will meet in Atlanta to compete for a $150,000 prize pool.

Hi-Rez Studios recently responded to allegations that their latest title had copied gameplay from Overwatch in a post on the game's subreddit. If you're interested in attending the Hi-Rez Expo you can purchase tickets for it via the event's official website. The expo will also be streamed live at If you'd like to play Paladins, it's available on Steam and via the game's official website.

Have you played Paladins? Do you think that Hi-Rez Studios will be able to establish a good tournament scene for their latest game? Will you be attending the Hi-Rez Expo? Let us know in the comments below!

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