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If you’re a part of a college club-level or varsity esports team for SMITE, we have some exciting news for you! In partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), Hi-Rez Studios is hosting a collegiate national championship tournament with $100,000 in scholarship prizing and a free coaching starter pack.



ATLANTA (July 19, 2018) The National Association of College Esports (NACE) and publisher Hi-Rez Studios will host college national championships for both Smite and Paladins beginning this fall.  The joint announcement was made today at the NACE Convention in Atlanta, GA.

The NACE-sanctioned, college competitions for Smite and Paladins will begin this September and be open to both varsity and club-level university teams. Both national championships will take place on November 17 at Dreamhack Atlanta 2018 and will be broadcast to live-streaming platforms. Each national championship will have $50,000 in scholarship prizes to be awarded to championship winners.

“We are always eager to support competitive communities where there is player appetite,” said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios COO.  “We have been working closely with NACE on varsity esports since May and they are doing an amazing job putting structure and regulation around college esports competition. We are thrilled to further extend our partnership with this official NACE championship for both Smite and Paladins”

“We excited to be working so closely with Hi-Rez on this fall college season and championship event,” said Michael Brooks, NACE Executive Director.  “Partnering with publishers is critical for the growth of collegiate esports and Hi-Rez is one of the first publishers to recognize and address this need.”

Gamer Sensei, the largest curated collection of esports coaches, also announced support for this NACE fall college competition

Said Jim Drewy, CEO of Gamer Sensei, “We’re excited to support the expansion of Smite and Paladins collegiate programs with an exclusive offer: Any NACE-affiliated school may contact Gamer Sensei to receive a starter pack of up to 5 hours of free coaching to help get their teams ready up for this year’s competitive season.”


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 latest games include Paladins: Champions of the Realm, a highly-customizable fantasy team-based shooter; SMITE: Battleground of the Gods; and “Realm Royale,” a class-based battle royale game. More at


The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of colleges and universities and is the only governing body of college esports in North America. NACE serves to develop the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. NACE works to lay the groundwork in areas such as: Eligibility, Path to Graduation, and Competition & Scholarships. NACE currently has 78 varsity esports programs as members, accounting for nearly all varsity programs across North America.


Gamer Sensei is the world’s most popular competitive coaching platform for players who want to win more in their favorite games. Gamer Sensei coaches are among the best esports players in the world, all vetted through a rigorous, multi-step application process. Players are connected to a Sensei based on a variety of preferences and, once a match is made, students receive personalized one-on-one lessons via custom coaching software. Coaching is available for over a dozen of today’s most popular games.