Magic: The Gathering, which tallies more than 35 million players around the world, will get an esports league with a combined $10 million in prize cash, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) and Hasbro declared. The Magic Pro League (MPL) will cover both the tabletop games and Arena digital PC rendition (still out in the open beta) and check 32 of the world’s best players.
Players will contend in week after week games and major “Mythic Championship” competitions, and get $75,000 contracts with prize cash to finish everything. (WOTC will uncover information concerning how players can join the league right on time one year from now.) The first Mythic Championship will dispatch amid PAX East at Boston in 2019 with a $1 million purse.
Entering esports will give a couple of real advantages to Magic: The Gathering, its patrons accept.
“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,” said Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks.
With card games like Hearthstone picking up fame and new games like Valve’s Artifact coming soon, it appeared to be an intelligent time for one of the longest-running tabletop games (it’s been around since 1993) to dispatch an esports group.
It ought to likewise be an aid to the players, said WOTC.
“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.”
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