SMITE launches for Xbox One today

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– Tom Heath

Multiplayer-online-battle-arenas, or MOBAs for short, have been under represented on consoles, with the titans of the genre being the PC exclusives DOTA 2 and League of Legends. MOBAs are pretty much the dominant eSports, with this year’s DOTA 2 International prize pool of more than US$18 million. Heck, there’s even been a drug scandal in eSports!

Well, today Xbox One launched its first eSport MOBA: SMITE from Hi-Rez Studios.

The free-to-play mythology themed game has amassed 10 million players since its original launch on PC in 2014, and recorded one million throughout its recent Xbox One beta. Those are some mighty fine numbers considering the aforementioned titans are its chief competition.

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Though when you’ve got Zeus on your side, you ain’t got no competition…

Charlie has had some hands on time with Xbox One version of SMITE, so you’ll hear from him shortly about his impressions of the title. In the meantime, here’s the launch trailer, complete with Inception BWWAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHs:

Tom would play competitive eSports, but he’s way too bad. Got any tips for him? Hit him up on Twitter, @tomdheath. Be sure to follow LoadScreen on Twitter, @load_screen, and Facebook for more news on SMITE and other games. 

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