Subject: Magic: The Gathering Global Celebration
WIZARDS OF THE COAST PLANS LARGEST-EVER
MAGIC: THE GATHERING® TOURNAMENT TO CELEBRATE GAME'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND RELEASE OF NEW CORE SET
Worldwide tournament to be held at 2,000 locations this summer
April 9, 2003 (Renton, Wash.) - Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), today announced it will host a global Magic: The Gathering® tournament, inviting Magic® players and Wizards' retail partners worldwide to participate in a 10th anniversary celebration for the premier trading card game. The global event, slated for July 26-27, coincides with the planned release of the new Magic: The Gathering Core Set(tm) and the GenCon game fair.
More than 2,000 official Magic tournament organizers and tens of thousands of players across the world are expected to participate in the event. "We hope to set a record for the largest Magic tournament and perhaps the largest trading card game tournament ever held," commented Chris Galvin, Director of Organized Play at Wizards of the Coast. "One of the things that sets the Magic game apart is its global community of players, and we wanted to give players everywhere a fun way to participate in the 10th anniversary celebration."
The 10th anniversary global celebration event will feature cards from the new Magic: The Gathering Core Set. In this Limited format tournament, players will build their decks upon arriving at the tournament locations. Each player will receive a special commemorative premium card from the new Core Set for participating in the global celebration event.
More information regarding the Magic: The Gathering 10th anniversary global celebration event will be available soon on www.magicthegathering.com.
The Magic: The Gathering game, invented by Richard Garfield and first released in 1993, today is available in 52 countries and nine languages, with more than 100,000 official tournaments sanctioned each year by the DCI® players' organization.
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories. A leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. For more information, visit www.wizards.com.
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