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Magic esports were introduced by Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast in 2019.[1][2] After a failure to launch successfully, the concept was abandoned in 2022.[3]

Description[]

Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players and teams. Magic esports was planned to encompass both Magic games — Magic: The Gathering Arena and tabletop Magic. $10 million prize money was planned to be divided among all Magic esports tournaments.

Website[]

The Magic Esports website received a URL update in September 2019 from mtgesports.com to Magic.gg.[4] .gg is actually the domain extension for Guernsy, but video game and esports websites use it, because "gg" is commonly used in multiplayer video games as an abbreviation for the phrase "good game", usually said at the end of a match. In 2022 the Magic esports name silently disappeared from the gg website, being replace by Magic Play.

History[]

Initially, Esports events were called Mythic Championships, and later Split Championship. Esports also introduced the Magic Pro League and the Rivals League.[5]

However, in May 2021, a return to in-person play post COVID-19 was announced for the 2022–23 Players Tour Season.[6] Although digital play was considered here to stay it was supposed to be only part of the equation going forward. As a result, the 2021–22 Players Tour Season was the last season featuring the MPL and the Rivals League. Players did not compete for another League season, but for a place in the [2022 World Championship]] instead.

League Weekends and the Gauntlets were not run in 2021–2022[6] and the concept of Magic esports was abandoned after only three years.[3]

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