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.
The Magic Esports website received a URL update in September 2019 from mtgesports.com to Magic.gg. .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.
However, in May 2021, Magic Esports announced a return to in-person play post COVID-19 for the 2022–23 Players Tour Season. 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 is going to be the last season featuring the MPL and the Rivals League. Players will not be competing for another League season. Instead, they'll be competing for a place in the World Championship.
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- Ferguson Mitchell (December 7, 2018), "Wizards, Hasbro Reveal Magic: The Gathering Esports League, $10M Prize Pool".Esportobserver.com
- Wizards of the Coast (September 22, 2019). "ESPORTS UPDATE – QUALIFIERS, FRACTIONAL INVITES, AND MORE!". Magic Esports.
- Elaine Chase (August 14, 2019). "The Future of Magic Esports". Magic Esports.
- Wizards of the Coast (May 13, 2021). "Esports: Transistions And Getting Back To The Gathering". Magic.gg.