Trading card game Magic: The Gathering is still going strong, 21 years after it was launched.
Trading card game (TCG) Magic: The Gathering is a big deal. To put it in perspective, Magic has replaced popular board game Monopoly as Hasbro’s best-selling game. “It’s a big achievement for us involved in the game,” says Wilkin Chan, 34, Asia-Pacific senior brand manager for Wizards Of The Coast, a Hasbro subsidiary specialising in fantasy and sci-fi games.
The game’s popularity has also been growing here in Malaysia, where a whopping 3,000 Magic events have been held over the past year alone, according to Chan. And now, the game once regarded as more of a geek thing, seems set to become even more popular. Chan believes a recent update to Magic: The Gathering – Duels Of The Planeswalkers (an online version of Magic) and the launch of a mobile app for the game, will open Magic and trading card gaming in general to an even wider audience.