Smite releasing March 25, followed by $100,000 tournament

Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play MOBA Smite will release on March 25, 2014, the studio announced today. Alongside the release news, Hi-Rez announced a $100,000 tournament to be held just after release.

The top four teams from Europe and the top four from North America will be selected from a weekly tournament series starting on January 4. Those four teams will be the competitors in a final showdown to take place in Atlanta, Georgia on March 29-30. It will take place before a live audience, but it will also (naturally) be streamed on Twitch.

Hi-Rez boasted in the announcement that it has gained 2.5 million registered players in the open beta, and all those people can count on their progress from the beta carrying over to the full release. If you reach level 30 before the launch date, you'll unlock a Cacodemon skin for the character Ymir.