Hi-Rez Studios has announced Skillshot Media, “a 35-person esports tournament operator and production company.” The company is a subsidiary of Hi-Rez, which seems like a natural fit considering the esports scenes for both SMITE and Paladins. The name is perhaps a nod to SMITE; Hi-Rez has always emphasized the skillshot-oriented nature of SMITE’s third-person gameplay.
Skillshot’s new digs feature “16,000 square feet of cutting-edge production technology, soundproof player booths for live events, and custom show stages designed for an immersive broadcast experience.” A tour of the facilities has already been posted to Skillshot’s YouTube channel.
Top management at Skillshot features familiar faces from Hi-Rez. Todd Harris, co-founder of Hi-Rez, is President of Skillshot, and Nabil Ismail, Hi-Rez Studios Vice President, will be Skillshot’s Vice President of Operations.
“We started live-streaming games from a bedroom, then a tiny office, and now a dedicated production studio. But our goal has always been to foster community through esports and video content,” said Harris. “By organizing ourselves as a separate entity focused only on esports and content, we’re excited to bring even more dedicated esports attention to SMITE and Paladins, and to also explore partnerships with new games and additional game publishers and developers.”
With SMITE’s Masters Spring LAN coming up on May 9th, we’ll be seeing what the new studio can do sooner rather than later, though Skillshot also looks to “explore partnerships with new games and developers that are looking to create their own esports leagues.”Follow @SMITEScrub