Gaming industry giant, Tencent, will publish Magic: the Gathering games for Indonesia and other countries in Asia. Will they succeed overthrowing Hearthstone?
Report from Pocketgamer.biz claims that Tencent has officially partnered with Wizards of the Coast. They will both work together to publish new card games from Magic: the Gathering series in Indonesia and other Asian countries.
This deal will not only make Tencent the publisher, but also the eSports broadcaster for the classic card game in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei.
Every element of the game design is focused on an engaging and dynamic experience, similar to other Magic: the Gathering games.
As of now, the game is currently in closed beta and you can register for free to try the game out. You will have to wait a couple of days for the email invitation from the developers though.
Regarding to bringing these games to Asia, Senior Vice President of Tencent, Steven Ma stated:
“Magic: The Gathering is a legendary game and has had a huge influence on culture and industry, we are thrilled to bring this amazing experience to players in Asia and look forward to helping expand its global community.”
But if we look at the community and eSports scene in Asia and Indonesia, card games are not that popular compared to MOBA. But don’t get us wrong, the card game community in Indonesia still lives.
Hearthstone, YuGiOh, Shadowverse, and Magic: the Gathering communities are the topmost active communities.
Tencent dominates game deals as it galloped US$22 billion for the past year. This includes investment and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities.
Plus, with Tencent being popular for bringing successful games to Indonesia and their knowledge of the Southeast Asian market, there is a chance that their card games can also be popular. So, what do you think?
Edited by Devi