Broomstick League, the game that's as close to Quidditch as you can get without running afoul of J.K. Rowling's team of copyright lawyers, will be free to play on Steam this weekend. This is a pretty big deal, considering that the game has only been in closed beta up until now.

For those three dozen people out there who are unfamiliar with Quidditch, the game is a sort of flying wizard version of soccer that was made famous by the Harry Potter series of books and movies. The game (both book and video game versions) takes place in the sky, with players riding flying broomsticks as they attempt to score points and win the game.

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The rules of the official book version of the game are infamously flawed, and clearly designed with the goal of letting Harry Potter be the hero by capturing a "golden snitch," which works as a convenient "end-the-game-and-you-win" object that really doesn't work in the context of an actual sport.

Broomstick League, on the other hand, works more like you'd expect a sport to be designed, with a timer, and all the points being scored by actually throwing the ball in the goal.

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Broomstick League has drawn more than a few comparisons to Rocket League in its design, with its three-player teams, fast-paced gameplay, and most notably, the use of "League" in the title. However, the fact that everyone is flying, coupled with the addition of magic spells to spice up the gameplay, may just be enough to set the game apart. The obvious draw to Harry Potter fans will probably help the game's success as well.

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The free weekend comes just weeks ahead of the game's official launch, which will happen on March 5, 2020. The weekend will begin on February 21 at 10 am PST, and end 72 hours later at 10 a.m. February 24.

Anyone interested in playing the game for free can wishlist it on Steam. They will be alerted as soon as the free weekend begins.

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