The Mind Sports Academy program, which originated in the UK, will be launching in the United States in January. The American version basically works the same. It offers a training program, rating system, and traveling tournament series for Chess, Scrabble, and Magic: The Gathering. At the Grand Final event, cash prizes for each of these games will total $10,000.
Starting this coming January, events will take place in a rotating circuit of Las Vegas, Los Ageles, and San Francisco.
Those wishing to try out the program can pay $25 for a one-weekend pass. An annual membership costs $189.