Hi-Rez Studio have signed an exclusive deal with Facebook to live stream the premier of the Paladins League. Originally thought to be heading over to Twitch, the move to Facebook is one of many choices made by gaming companies around the world as the social media giant pushes its gaming content and live broadcasting.
Paladins is an arena FPS, very similar to Overwatch, and it’s free to play. It has risen as an alternative to Blizzard’s title in that it offers fast paced gameplay and other additions we love from Hi-Rez Studios. It has a similar feel to their other titles, like Smite, with similar graphics with a twist on gameplay. The partnership with Facebook is an effort to boost the social media site’s esports and gaming influence and will include a weekly Paladins esports show which will be streamed on Facebook’s new platform called “Watch.” This will include all tournament matches as well, and will use Facebook Groups to offer players a path to the pros.
“Hi-Rez Studios has a long history in esports, and we’re thrilled to work with Facebook on this next chapter of professional Paladins play,” Hi-Rez Studio co-founder Todd Harris said in a statement. “With Facebook’s global reach and community building tools, we expect Paladins esports to continue its explosive growth on both a grassroots community level and at the highest tier of play in the Paladins Premier League.”
The Paladins Premier League is also part of the World Esports Association (WESA), which joined the ranks alongside other titles like CS:GO last month. WESA hopes to create a stable and professional platform for Paladins as the game makes its way into the tournament scene with their Premier League. The choice for Facebook is also an interesting one as the social media site does offer a massive reach and tools for generating hype, but the preferred streaming site for fans has always been Twitch. It will be interesting to see how well the Paladins Premier League does on Facebook, as other competitions in the past have seen some success on the platform.
Last Updated: September 8, 2017