Magic: The Gathering launching esports league with $10M prize pool

Donna Miller
December 8, 2018

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have announced that Magic: The Gathering will be breaking into the esports industry across both digital and tabletop versions of the game. In addition, Magic Pro League offers play and streaming contracts worth $75,000.

Over 35 million people play Magic in 70 countries around the world, and they all have a shot at entering and winning in the new esports league. The players themselves have yet to be revealed, but will be soon via player profiles on the esport's official website.

Magic: The Gathering has increasingly been digitized this year, with the development of Magic: The Gathering Arena, a new way to play the game online separate from the preexisting Magic: The Gathering Online.

The Mythic Championships can be anyone's time to shine. "Then test your skills against the stars in the Magic Pro League to claim your share of prizes and glory", explains Magic. Mythic Championships will feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community. If you want to see if you have what it takes, those playing can redeem an esports starter kit with the code "GameAwards".

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The esport's first major event of the new year, the Magic Invitational, comes at the end of March.

Additionally, Magic says "a significant prize pool [has been] set aside to partner with independent organizers".

"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, Vice President of Esports at Wizards of the Coast in a statement.

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