CHICAGO (June 19, 2018) BeRecruited, one of the world’s first digital recruiting companies for student-athletes, has partnered with Hi-Rez Studios, the publishers of SMITE and Paladins to give these players critical access to essential recruiting resources as the number of college esports opportunities continues to grow.
“There are currently about 83 college esports programs in the U.S. and the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) member schools are now offering varsity competitions for SMITE and Paladins,” said Caedmon Patalano, general manager of BeRecruited.
“It’s exciting to see new doors to higher education opening up for gamers and we’re looking forward to helping SMITE and Paladins players find their way on to a collegiate esports team.”
“We recognized early on, that as a publisher, we can play an important role in the success of esports in the college space,” noted Todd Harris, chief operating officer at Hi-Rez Studios. “Our partnership with BeRecruited is critical because it allows us to connect players and college coaches in a mutually beneficial way, so the path to college for our players will be similar to that of a traditional collegiate sports athlete.”
Earlier this year, BeRecruited also became the official recruiting partner of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, a member-driven nonprofit organization that focuses on the positive development of esports programs at the collegiate level.
BeRecruited is one of the largest recruiting networks, serving more than 2 million high school athletes looking to compete at the college level. As one of the first all-digital recruiting companies that pioneered the use of online recruiting profiles for college sports, BeRecruited serves over 30,000 registered college coaches and 25,000 registered high school and club coaches. You can learn more about BeRecruited at berecruited.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reigning Champs (www.reigningchamps.com).
ABOUT HI-REZ STUDIOS
Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its latest games include Paladins: Champions of the Realm, a highly-customizable fantasy team-based shooter; and SMITE: Battleground of the Gods. Hi-Rez Studios also produces mobile games including Paladins Strike. Learn more at www.hirezstudios.com.