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Hi-Rez Studios Announces SMITE 24-Hour Live Stream and eSports Event For Charity

Benefiting Child's Play and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a live-stream of the online game SMITE will begin October 4th at 8 p.m. and culminate in an eSports event October 5th at 8 p.m. hosted in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA. September 19, 2013. Hi-Rez Studios today announced the "SMITE Challenge For Charity," a 24-hour charity live stream of the online game SMITE that will culminate in an eSports competition between the top two professional SMITE teams in North America: Team Dignitas and Denial eSports.

The eSports competition event will be played on Saturday, October 5th at 8 p.m. in front of a live audience at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE) which takes place at the Atlanta Marriott NW in Atlanta, Georgia.

"As the Southrsquo;s leading gaming and interactive conference, SIEGE brings together figures from across the region for industry keynotes, panels, networking events, parties and more,rdquo; said Andrew Greenberg, President of the Georgia Game Developer Association.

ldquo;This year we are thrilled to showcase the SMITE Challenge For Charity as a great event for spectators and a celebration of the power of games to improve lives.rdquo;nbsp;

All event ticket proceeds and online donations will go to Childrenrsquo;s Healthcare of Atlanta via their participation in Childrsquo;s Play, a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick children by providing toys and games to a network of hospitals.nbsp;Childrenrsquo;s Healthcare of Atlanta has participated in the Childrsquo;s Play network since 2007.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is honored to be selected as the beneficiary for the SMITE Challenge for Charity," said Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Development Officer Melisa Morrow. "As one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, we service over 800,000 patient visits every year. Many of these patients just need a distraction or a little bit of normalcy added back into their routine which is where an item like a Wii or Nintendo DS help to ease a sick child's nerves or pass the time when sitting through a chemo treatment. Your support means so much to the patients and families at Children's."

Tickets to the SMITE eSports event can be obtained via a charity donation at: http://smite.eventbrite.com.

Alternatively, spectators can view the competition online (including the prior 24-hour stream) beginning October 4th at 8 p.m. atnbsp; http://www.twitch.tv/smitegame.nbsp;The stream will be free but spectators from around the world are encouraged to donate to this great cause.

YouTube coverage of the SMITE Challenge For Charity event will be provided by The Creatures, a gaming group with over 6,000,000 subscribers to their collective YouTube channels.

SMITE is a free-to-play game from Georgia-based developer Hi-Rez Studios.nbsp;The game can be downloaded and played for free at www.smitegame.com.

Childrenrsquo;s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Childrenrsquo;s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Childrenrsquo;s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top childrenrsquo;s hospitals by U.S. NewsWorld Report.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda.nbsp;In April 2012 the companynbsp;released the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend, billed as the Worldrsquo;s Fastest Shooter.nbsp;Hi-Rez Studios is now developing the upcoming action 3D MOBA game SMITE.

For more information, visit www.hirezstudios.com or contact press@hirezstudios.com.

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