Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Magic: The Gathering Announces Pro League, $10M in 2019 Esports Prize Pools

Magic: The Gathering Announces Pro League, $10M in 2019 Esports Prize Pools

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.

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. Members of the MPL will play in weekly match-ups on Magic: The Gathering Arena® that will lead to newly introduced Mythic Championship events. "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".

Announced earlier tonight during the Game Awards, the 2019 Magic Esports season is created to appeal to fans of both the digital and tabletop versions of Magic, consisting of four digital and six tabletop tournaments called Mythic Championships. Mythic-level tournaments, previously known as Pro Tours, are "high prize pool, high drama events in both MTG Arena and tabletop".

The Mythic Championships can be anyone's time to shine. (WOTC will reveal details about how players can join the league early next year.) The first Mythic Championship will launch during PAX East at Boston in 2019 with a $1 million purse.

Magic: The Gathering tournaments, whether they're informal competitions at local game shops or large, formal affairs, have been an institution for years. If you want to see if you have what it takes, those playing can redeem an esports starter kit with the code "GameAwards".

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

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