Magic The Gathering Esports Program Announced at The Game Awards 2018


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A $10 million prize pool across digital and tabletop Magic.

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast announced a new esports program for Magic: The Gathering at The Game Awards 2018.

The program, which is coming in 2019, includes a $10 million prize bool across digital and tabletop Magic contests, with a $1 million Mythic Invitational at PAX East 2019. The Magic Pro League (MPL)  will establish a “new level of professional play” with 32 of the top ranked magic players worldwide. MPL players are offered play and streaming contracts worth $75,000, and members will play in weekly match-ups on Magic: The Gathering Arena.

The Mythic Champion events are new flagship competitions for Magic: The Gathering Arena and tabletop Magic, which feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community. More details on how players can enter and climb the ranks to battle these MPL players will be revealed in 2019.

“Today is an extremely important day for Magic: The Gathering as we announce our commitment to esports and our Magic players by evolving our tournament structure to include a $10 Million prize pool,” said Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast. “We are fully embracing esports and affirming Magic as a leader in the collectible card game category while providing lucrative opportunities for pros, players, sponsors, and esports partners.”

“The past 25 years of Magic competition has led us to design this comprehensive esports program that would support Magic: The Gathering Arena, while increasing our investment in tabletop Magic,” said Elaine Chase, VP of esports at Wizards of the Coast. “Our investment in esports will catapult the game to new heights while providing support to the players by giving them the platform to build their brand and bring Magic to a broader audience.”

For more on Magic: The Gathering Arena, check out our impressions of the virtual, free-to-play card game, which we said takes “the community appeal of in-person events like Friday Night Magic, making them accessible to players 24/7.” For more on tabletop Magic, take a look at six cards that came to the Dominaria expansion.

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.





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