Big bitcoin exchange has roots in...trading cards?

Playing cards at Magic the Gathering: Grand Prix Utrecht in March 2013.
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Bitcoin's most widely watched exchange has interesting origins from the world of online role-playing games.

While there are an assortment of ways to track and trade the online cryptocurrency, the exchange most often cited is Mt.Gox. The natural temptation is to look at the name and think "Mount Gox," which would seem to have little to do with bitcoin's operation.

The name, in fact, is an acronym that stands for "Magic: The Gathering Online eXchange."

"Magic: The Gathering Online" is, as the name implies, the online version of a card game that pits wizards against their opponents in an intricate fantasy game that involves playing cards that are traded and can be valuable.

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