Hi-Rez Studios has announced a partnership with WESA for a new Paladins: Champions of the Realm Premier League. This league will feature ten WESA teams (pictured above) and the season will begin Fall 2017. The partnership with WESA will help split revenue with the professional players, providing them with a minimum salary.
Here is the video announcing this partnership:
Paladins.eSports also has a copy of the press release:
The inaugural season of this professional Paladins PC League will begin fall 2017 with participation of ten WESA Member teams including EnVyUS, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mouseports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro. The PPL will be the second professional esports competition played under WESA guidance. “Paladins has emerged as an innovative first person shooter (FPS) title and Hi-Rez has a track record of supporting endemic esports organizations and players,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner of WESA. “For WESA, this is an important milestone as it marks our second esports title.”
As part of the launch of the league, Hi-Rez Studios has partnered with WESA to split league revenues with participating teams, and to guarantee a minimum salary to players. These measures, combined with the global reach of the 10 WESA teams, give the PPL an exciting foundation from which to grow.
“Hi-Rez is very excited that the world’s most popular and experienced esports teams have chosen to partner with us in launching PPL under the leadership of WESA,” said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer. “We see an incredible community appetite for competitive Paladins and the PPL will showcase the highest tier of Paladins esports within North America and Europe. In addition, we applaud WESA’s initiative to professionalize esports and will be working closely with them toward this goal.”
We will report more on the Paladins Premier League as it becomes available!