Paladins Ends Their Esports Program With Season 4
I have been a part of the Paladins community since it was in the Pre-Alpha phase. I have a lot of very fond memories of the competitive scene and the game in general, so this news brings sadness to this writer. Paladins ends their esports scene as of the beginning of the Season 4 content. Those of us who were expecting Season 4 of the Paladins Pro Circuit, it sadly will not be the case. The game isn’t ending, but they’re pulling back to put more care into improving the game before they worry about esports.
Will we ever see Paladins esports? That’s not for us to say. Perhaps next year, the game will be in a more stable state and will come back in a big way. For now, here’s what Hi-Rez Studios/EvilMojo Games have to say.
New Content, No New Esports
Hi-Rez Studios and EvilMojo Games decided that Paladins esports scene ends for now. There’s no telling whether or not it will ever come back. In a recent blog post, the dev team had this to say:
“Based on the feedback we received from fans and players alike, it was clear that we did not deliver a satisfactory esports experience with the PPC. As such, we feel our existing resources would be better used for improving Paladins as a game rather than continuing to divert funds to a competitive scene that is no longer seeing meaningful engagement.”
Paladins is an excellent Hero shooter, but it is not without its faults. It sounds like EvilMojo Games wants to instead work on improving the game. If they were funneling money into esports at the same time, the results would not be sufficient. Instead, both would feel mediocre, and both would suffer. This is not a game we want to see go away.
There’s plenty to come in the year 2021 though. More Champions, and a shift from the 3-month Battle Pass, to a 2-month Event Pass, so it should be interesting if nothing else. It’s disappointing but fear not. Though the esports of Paladins ends, there will still be community tournaments. EvilMojo Games will still be supporting these with Crystals (in-game currency). It’s been a wild ride, and I have a lot of really fond memories of watching Paladins live, streaming it, and previewing the game as it first came around.
We just hope that in a year or so, Paladins is in a state where it can return to the world of esports.