Professional league operations and video production company, Skillshot Media, has announced the Paladins Premier League and Smite Pro League as well as the organisations involved for 2019.
As part of a multi-year franchise, eight esports organisations will compete in the Paladins Premier League (PPL). The signed organisations include: Natus Vincere, Pittsburgh Knights, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Spacestation Gaming, Renegades, Virtus Pro, Kanga Esports, and Team Envy. The individual rosters for each organisation have yet to be released but will be revealed at a later date.
Furthermore, announced last week, ten organisations will compete against each other in the SMITE Pro League (SPL) in 2019. The organisations are: Splyce, eUnited, Spacestation, SK Gaming, Trifecta, Pittsburgh Knights, Renegades, Team Rival, Dignitas, and Luminosity.
In 2019, all of the PPL and SPL season games will be held on-site at the Skillshot Media Studio over in Alpharetta, GA. At least 90 professional esports players will be moving to the metro-Atlanta area or traveling to compete. The relocation is aimed to help Skillshot provide players with a better competitive environment and provide fans with an upgraded production experience.
Preseason matches begin in February and the full schedule will be released in the next upcoming weeks. Along with this it has been announced that Mixer will be the main platform to watch all the action unfold.
Esports Insider says: It’s great to see Paladins and SMITE back for 2019 as we saw them heavily support the esports scene back in 2018 with the introduction of the ‘College Championships’ along with the Hi-Rez Expo which was a spectacle in itself. We’re hoping to see the level of production quality that Skillshot have hinted towards. It’s interesting that 90+ players will be heading to the metro-Atlanta area as the entire league is played out of the studio.