One of the world's longest-lived games is to create a professional league for its top players. At the Game Awards that evening, Wizards of the Coast unveiled a new e-sports initiative covering both the physical version of Magic: The Gathering and the PC iteration Arena , , The awards include prizes totaling $ 10 million.
At the heart of this new venture is the Magic Pro League, which will feature 32 of the world's top players competing in a series of weekly match-ups and major competitions called Mythic Championships. Each MPL player will receive a contract of $ 75,000 in addition to the opportunity to earn prize money. The first major MPL tournament will be held next year at PAX East in Boston and will be rewarded with $ 1
A high-profile Magic competition has been in existence for some time, of course, but this new initiative is a more concerted effort as WOTC seeks to penetrate the increasingly lucrative e-sports space. "We've developed our system to invite and support the participation of professional athletes," says Elaine Chase, Magic's vice president of e-sports, The Verge . For those who want to participate in the MPL, WOTC says it will reveal details on how to get players into the league early next year.
Card games are becoming a much bigger part of the competitive game. Last month, Blizzard announced that it had paid $ 2.8 million to Hearthstone players, with $ 4 million earmarked for 2019. Clash Royale who has recently finished the world finale of his ambitious final professional league with a big game in Tokyo. And there will probably also be a new player in space, as the developer Valve of Dota 2 just created his own digital card game Artifact .
as well as Magic, while the new, has released League is scheduled for this year, says the developer, it has long-term ambitions. "We now have the year 2019 and will continue to adapt and learn," explains Chase. "We have big goals for this new company, and you can expect the excitement to continue in 2019 and in the future."