10 Participating WESA Teams Receive Regional Assignments For Competition in PPL
ATLANTA – September 27, 2017 – The newly announced Paladins Premier League (PPL) announced today that the PPL regular season will launch this Saturday, September 30, with a lineup of eight matches. The League also announced regional assignments for the 10 participating WESA teams.
‘We’re eager to watch the world’s premier esports organizations play competitive Paladins”, said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer, “and we welcome them to compete in our league using the same team names they have spent years building up as recognizable to their fans.”
Teams have been assigned to the two inaugural PPL regions as follows:
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- G2 Esports
- SK Gaming
- Team Envy
Todd continued, “We will bring the same community-driven approach to Paladins esports that we use in developing the game itself, and we’ve been fortunate to see our player base grow from hundreds to millions thanks to that community. Now the very best players get to compete in front of a global audience”
“We are excited to announce the start of PPL and the next official step for WESA and the Paladins community,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA. “We look forward to bringing the league and top notch competition to millions around the globe.”
The PPL format will consist of a five-week season running from September 30 through October 29, followed by a Super Regional event where all North American and European teams will face off on LAN to determine which teams advance as top seeds to the Paladins World Championship in January.
All regular season games will be broadcast live, Saturday at 3pm EDT / 9pm CEST and Sunday at 3pm EDT / 9pm CEST.
Games can be viewed for free at esports.paladins.com or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/paladinsgame/live
About Hi-Rez Studios
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 SMITE: Battleground of the Gods, a mythological third-person multiplayer online battle arena; Paladins: Champions of the Realm, a highly-customizable fantasy team-based shooter; and Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, a turn-based strategy collectible card game. More at www.hirezstudios.com.
WESA was founded in May 2016 and counts as its Members thirteen of the world’s most popular esports teams (EnVyUS, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, OpTic Gaming, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.pro) together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company. This elite group shares a collective vision to continue to professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams. Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Paladins are the first two professional esports competition played under WESA guidance.