Mired in Controversy, Insight Esports Disbands • News • MTG Arena Zone – MTG Arena Zone

Mired in Controversy, Insight Esports Disbands • News • MTG Arena Zone – MTG Arena Zone

In this article: Insight Esports has been a significant host of digital tournaments on MTGMelee, regularly hosting 1ks and 5ks on the platform. Now, the organization is being shut down after lying about corporate sponsorships and running thousands of dollars behind on payouts owed to players.

UPDATE August 20:

MTGMelee and the Rise of Online MTG Arena Tournaments

With the rapid spreading of the pandemic that took hold of the globe in early 2020, virtually all gatherings and events had to cancelled in the United States and many other countries across the world. This of course meant that competitive Magic: The Gathering tournaments all had to be either cancelled or shifted online.

Just as nationwide quarantines began to take place in the United States, a group of experienced Magic players and event organizers were launching their new platform, MTGMelee.com. MTGMelee was created with the purpose of providing a solid, easy-to-use platform for Swiss-style tournaments using the Magic Arena client.

The MTGMelee platform was quickly met with great success. According to their “About” page, the website racked up close to 20,000 users in just six short months as competitive Magic players sought ways to continue playing in tournaments with shortage of paper events. The site partnered with major event organizers including Red Bull Untapped, Star City Games, and
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