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CD Projekt RED is making Gwent, once just a minigame, into a serious esports contender

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Fans of The Witcher , rejoice! The newest iteration’s minigame-cum-spinoff card game Gwent may be heading to esports soon.

Developer CD Projekt stated, in a report from Polish website Bankier , via PVP Live, that the game is being prepared for the esports market. CD Projekt is still relatively small compared to
Blizzard Entertainment, developer of current top esports game Hearthstone . But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have room to grow—recent success with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has the studio now worth over $1 billion on the Polish stock market .
Two features for Gwent likely to encourage esports involvement—a spectator client and replay system—will not be available when the game launches its beta in the fall. However, as PVP Live pointed out, Hearthstone quickly became popular without them, so this doesn’t necessarily reflect badly on Gwent’s esports potential.
“We already have plans for esport[s] and how to support it,” a CD Projekt representative said in the studio’s forum last month. “There is a lot happening in this department on our end, but ultimately we just want to be ready if Gwent would evolve in that direction.”
The Witcher and its sequels saw CD Projekt become a household name for gamers, and in 2015, CD Projekt RED was named “Developer of the Year” at The Game Awards.
Gwent will be the company’s first stab at competitive gaming.

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