Since the dawn of eSports, poor old Oceania has been heavily neglected in receiving invites, qualifiers or any chances to enter global gaming competitions. In a move to capture a new audience, HiRez Studios have just announced that players from this region will now have the ability to qualify for the Smite world championships, season 2.
This free, Multilayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 3rd-person game has begun a massive push into the Australian market - after a positive showing at PAX Australia 2014 and the recent acquisition of well-known fighting games player and organizer Daniel Chlebowczyk, they're looking to give the locals something that they've been wanting for ages - international exposure.
Australian and New Zealand-based teams will qualify through an online tournament, conducted on CyberGamer - leading to an Oceanic finals and then eventually the global event.
They're also running a "Breakfast of the Gods" live viewing of the first Smite global championships to celebrate. This will see community members all gather in a social platform to watch the event unfold, think of it something like a Superbowl or FIFA world cup finals, but for a video game instead of 'real life' sport.
We'll cover any major advancements in the local scene as they progress, it's always great to see developers support their games further - following somewhat of the Valve, Riot Games and Blizzard model. Nudge nudge EA games, it's time for you to step up to the plate with your Battlefield franchise!
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