MTG Arena Content Creation Kicks Off Next Week
The wait is finally over. Starting next week, players will be allowed to stream Magic: The Gathering Arena!
Nate Price, community manager for MTG Arena, made the announcement in an article posted yesterday on Daily MTG. Though a select group of beta testers have had access to the game for a while now, next Thursday evening, March 22nd, marks the first time players may stream the game publicly.
For both streamers and fans of Magic digital content, this is big news. Though Magic Online is a fine platform for playing and viewing the game we all love, it's not as aesthetically pleasing as other modern video games. Furthermore, Magic's direct competitors, such as Hearthstone and Eternal, offer more colorful and exciting digital gameplay experiences.
MTG Arena should change all that. Though it's not a replacement for Magic Online (at least not yet), Arena is certainly a step forward as a viewing experience. Expect to see bright colors, crisp graphics, creature animations, and even sound effects. Thursday's Arena update will also include the addition of Amonkhet block cards to the available pool.
And as if all that wasn't enough, Wizards of the Coast also offered downloadable content creator kits for streamers. These free packages contain multiple sample stream overlays, away banners, and even tips for getting started. As Price states in his article, Wizards is hoping to "support our content creators in a way we, quite frankly, haven't really done before."
Tune into some MTG Arena gameplay (or stream it yourself!) once the update goes live on March 22.
Kyle Massa is a writer and avid Magic player living in upstate New York with his fiancée and their two cats. When he's not writing, you'll find him down at the East Greenbush Flipside store jamming booster drafts. For more of Kyle's work, visit www.kyleamassa.com or follow him on Twitter @mindofkyleam.
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