Good new, eSports fans! Twitch.tv has released its streaming schedule for over the PAX weekend and it has some goodies. Throughout the day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday they will be highlighting non-competitive games, like Rift, Ryze, Tearaway, and much more, but the high point of the weekend will be the $20,000 SMITE Invitational tournament running every night from 4pm-6pm PDT. The SMITE stream will be at www.twitch.tv/smitegame (it is currently streaming random players, but once the tournament starts it will switch over).
For a game still in Beta, it has a surprisingly large prize pool. Sure, lately prize pools on larger competitive games have reached into the millions, but $20k is nothing to sniff at. It should be really fun to watch even if you don't play SMITE. It is a MOBA, so even though it looks different, the rules are basically the same. If you don't know exactly what's going on, Twitch usually has good announcers that help explain everything.
Besides SMITE, Twitch will also be streaming a $100k World of Tanks Open tournament on Sunday night. The schedule has the tournament running from 6:00 pm to 1:30 am, so you’ll have something to watch if you decide not to waste your long weekend on something as silly as sleep. World of Tanks is about large scale team tank battles so it will undoubtedly be fun to watch. Streaming for World of Tanks will be at www.twitch.tv/worldoftanks.
This weekend should be a blast for eSports fans with multiple high stakes tournaments to keep them occupied. If you haven't yet made the jump to watching eSports, now's a good time to start. SMITE is action packed, so there will be a lot going on to keep you interested. Also, who doesn't like watching Gods beat the crap out of each other?The full schedule is available here.