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  1. 1990

    Peter Adkison founds Wizards of the Coast

    For its first few years, the company operates out of Peter's basement in Seattle, Washington.

  2. 1991

    Richard Garfield begins work on a unique new game concept, the foundations of Magic: The Gathering

    His idea conflates playing cards and trading cards: players compete with decks they've built by selecting cards from a larger pool. 

  3. 1993

    Magic: The Gathering debuts at Origins Game Fair

    The entire print run sells out within a month, and gaming culture is altered forever.

  4. 1995

    Magic: The Gathering reaches 1 billion cards sold

    Twelve expansion sets are released in the first fourteen months alone. Over sixty more have followed.

  5. 1996

    The first Magic Pro Tour is held in 1996

    Players qualified by calling a hotline. Today, tens of thousands battle for one of about 400 berths.

  6. 1997

    Wizards purchases TSR, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons

    Many employees of the legendary company moved to the Seattle area to begin work on the third edition of D&D.

  7. 1999

    Hasbro acquires Wizards of the Coast

    Magic and D&D take their place among the world's most beloved and recognizable entertainment brands, sharing a stable with the likes of My Little Pony and Monopoly.

  8. 2002

    Magic Online debuts

    The game’s four successful versions have connected players on an unprecedented scale, with more than 10,000,000 matches played since Version III alone.

  9. 2002

    Duel Masters Trading Card Game debuts in Japan

    The game immediately becomes one of Japan's premier trading card games, and it continues to grow.

  10. 2003

    Avalon Hill joins the Wizards of the Coast brand family

    Under Wizards’ guidance, new games like Betrayal at House on the Hill join the ranks of classic strategy games like Risk and Axis & Allies.

  11. 2008

    Magic: The Gathering publishes its 10,000th unique card

    Approximately 1,000 cards are added every year across four expansion sets and other releases.

  12. 2014

    The 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons is released

    The release of Tyranny of Dragons, the first major storyline for the new edition, marks the game's 40th anniversary, sparking a surge in popularity among fans from young first-time players to veteran Hollywood celebrities. 

  13. 2015

    Magic: The Gathering reaches 20 million players worldwide

    For some players, it’s a way of having fun with friends. For others, it’s a way of life.

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  • 18 Offices Worldwide

  • 600+ Employees

  • 26 Years of Experience

  • 20 Million Magic Players

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