requiring that all attendees leave the venue by 6 p.m. The shuttles are running and we’re recommending that attendees start to leave immediately to avoid long lines and waits for the shuttles. Our stream will continue, so please be safe and enjoy the show from home.
Meteorologists are currently forecasting a “significant winter weather event” Friday night into Saturday in the area of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, home of the Hi-Rez Expo, the SMITE World Championship and the Paladins Invitational. In response to this, the governor has issued a state of emergency in our area beginning at 1:00 PM on Friday and continuing until at least 1:00 PM on Saturday.
Atlanta is not a city built to deal with snow; even a very small amount of snow (or especially ice) could shut down major roads and make transit impossible or dangerous.
Hi-Rez Studios advises all guests to attend at their own risk, and to err on the side of extreme caution when planning their travels, especially if traveling by car or bus. Latest weather forecasts can be found on www.wsbtv.com. We strongly recommend that any spectators that cannot walk to the venue in a worst-case scenario, plan to be out of the building by 1:00 PM on Friday.
Despite this weather event, Hi-Rez currently expects that we will be able to continue the broadcast on Twitch.TV and to play the scheduled matches for the Smite World Championship and the Paladins Invitational. However, we may need to adjust the broadcast schedule, suspend bus shuttles, work with skeletal staff, and/or, in the most extreme situation, force spectators to leave.
Note that the cosplay competition may need to be suspended or canceled, depending on the emerging weather forecasts.