Streamer Showdown has announced an upcoming Magic: The Gathering Arena event.
The competition will feature Gaby Spartz, Kenji “NumotTheNummy” Egashira, and Amy “Amazonian” Demicco engaging in a three-way battle of wits. Combine that with Kacem “Noxious” Khilaji hosting the event, and you’ll be able to see four prominent MTG streamers displaying their strategies on Twitch.
Are you ready for our @MTG_Arena Edition?! Join us Wed 3pm EDT w/ @coL_noxious @GabySpartz @NumotTheNummy @coL_Amazonian and see who our first #MTGArena champ will be. https://t.co/MWEyeQ8eLk #ad pic.twitter.com/eRzEZz7Ril
— Streamer Showdown (@StreamShowdown) September 1, 2019
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Streamer Showdown schedule & ELEAGUE overlap
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Streamer Showdown is its timing. The event takes place Sept. 4, which puts it in direct competition with the ELEAGUE Showdown that starts on the same day. Granted, the former will air several hours prior to the latter, but the schedules could still overlap down the line.
This approach is unusual, to say the least. Even in different esports, tournament organizers frequently schedule their events in a way to avoid scheduling conflicts with other competitions. Put two Magic: The Gathering Arena events on the same day, and they’re almost destined to cannibalize each other’s viewership.
Of course, the Streamer Showdown has an edge here. The tournament organizers have landed four of the most popular MTG Arena streamers, while their competitors have yet to announce the list of participating players. The runtime could also act to their advantage, as viewers are more likely to tune in to an earlier broadcast.
Still, it’s weird to see two MTG Arena events competing. The game is in for an uphill battle against other digital card games like Hearthstone. While Magic: The Gathering has an existing audience from the tabletop version, it’s going to take a lot more for it to take off as an esport.
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