Magic: The Gathering Announce New Esports Initiative at Game Awards

$10 million Magic: The Gathering Arena esports league will kick off in 2019

'Magic: The Gathering' esports league launches with $10 million in prizes

And as announced at the 2018 Game Awards, those tournaments are now being brought into the esports arena with the reveal of Mythic Championship events and a pro league. These players will compete weekly in the digital Magic: The Gathering Arena tournaments and in the periodic tabletop Mythic-level tournaments, which were previously called Pro Tours.

The Magic Pro League will feature 32 of the world's top-ranked players, who will be offered "play and streaming contracts worth $75,000", Wizards said. Throughout 2019, tabletop and digital MtG players will be vying for a portion of the $10M prize pool. The prize pools for those tournaments are getting a bump as well.

The Mythic Championships can be anyone's time to shine. The Magic: The Gathering Arena esports league will debut in March 2019 at PAX East, and at least one CCG luminary seems very interested in taking part: Former Hearthstone pro and streamer Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen. Challengers from around the world can battle it out against those elite MPL members for their own chances at competitive card game glory. If you want to see if you have what it takes, those playing can redeem an esports starter kit with the code "GameAwards". More details on the event (including how to qualify) are coming in January 2019.

Additionally, Magic says "a significant prize pool [has been] set aside to partner with independent organizers". As Wizards points out (with new numbers) there are "over 35 million Magic players to date across 70 countries", so there's already a baked-in audience.

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