The Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour is about to have its most exciting year ever.
In the more than 20 years of the Pro Tour, we've come a long way when it comes to coverage. From text and pictures to cable to online streaming, we're always looking for better ways to bring the excitement of the Pro Tour to the fans. And in 2017, thanks to our partnership with Twitch, we plan to bring even more to the table.
A few months ago, we announced a new partnership with Twitch that hinted at improvements in our coverage and streaming. But that was just the appetizer. We're now ready to show you some of what that partnership means for the long-term future of Magic streaming and Organized Play.
We're broadcasting more Magic events. Our partnership with Twitch, the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers, will enable us to live-stream coverage of at least 40 Magic events in 2017, up from 22 events last year. That's 400 additional hours of Magic coming to you on twitch.tv/magic, for more than 1,000 hours every year, or enough to keep you busy for nearly 3 hours every day. This expanded streaming schedule includes four Pro Tours, the Magic World Championship, the World Magic Cup, the Magic Online Championship, and 32 Grand Prix from North America, Europe, Japan, and—for the first time in English—Brazil!
Players are teaming up to take on the world. This year marks the first rollout of the Pro Tour Team Series, and more than 30 teams have already signed up. With more coverage, more events, and more at stake, you can follow your favorite team at home from Pro Tour Aether Revolt until the final head-to-head matchup between the two best teams in the world. Thanks to our partnership with Twitch, we'll be streaming every bit of that journey on twitch.tv/magic.
We're making subscriptions special. As a Twitch partner, the Magic channel will launch subscriptions effective immediately. At launch, subscriber benefits will include six emoticons, special badges, and access to chat when in subscriber-only mode, with more benefits to be added in the coming months. We're also developing behind-the-scenes content to provide subscribers with special access to members of Magic R&D, the pro Magic community, and other content that fans of the game won't want to miss.
At the end of the year, 2017 might just go down as the biggest year in Magic streaming history. We have more news in store as the year goes on, as we look toward what comes next. If you want more details on 2017 coverage, I highly recommend you read Greg Collins's article expanding on the changes.
In the meantime, tune in this weekend on twitch.tv/magic for live coverage of Pro Tour Aether Revolt starting at 9 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET/ 9 a.m. UTC) on Friday, Feb. 3.
Director of Global Organized Play