Wizards of the Coast, convinced that streaming play of its tabletop games helps grow their player base, is expanding in two new directions, the company announced last week.
On the Magic: The Gathering side, WotC has doubled down on its relationship with Twitch, making the platform the "...exclusive video content broadcast, streaming, and distribution partner for Magic premier play events," the company announced. Magic events have been streamed on Twitch for years; now Twitch will be the exclusive streaming venue for Magic Grand Prix, Pro Tours, World Championships, and the World Magic cup.
And on the Dungeons & Dragons side, Geek & Sundry sister company Nerdist, not content to leave tabletop gaming to TableTop on the Geek & Sundry network, has produced a series of videos featuring Dungeons & Dragons play at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles with actors and comedians from The Sarah Silverman Program and The Mindy Project, led by Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Overwatch), with Chris Hardwick. The seven episodes of Dungeons & Dragons Force Grey: Giant Hunters have accumulated over 1.1 million views.
Now a grand finale will take place on December 5 at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles , with the cast of Force Gray: Giant Hunters (Brian Posehn from The Sarah Silverman Program, Utkarsh Ambudkar from The Mindy Project, Shelby Fero from Robot Chicken, writer and producer Emily Gordon) and some surprise guests. The D&D play will be streamed live on Twitch, Facebook Live, and other channels, with videos uploaded to video-on-demand networks immediately after it ends.