Wizards of the Coast threatening their fans again?
Rares, creator of MTGForge, recently received a DMCA notice asking him to remove some links to his game provided on his blog (hosted by google).
Why he received it is still unclear, but it seems his game is infringing some copyright owned by Wizards of the Coast (this needs to be confirmed).
Wizards of the Coast are well known for threatening lots of players, blog owners, and fan-made games.
MTGForge is a free, fan made java game that allows to play with a limited set of MTG cards against a limited AI. It doesn’t offer the same experience as any existing product sold by WotC, neither is it a competitor to their business. It brings attention to Magic the Gathering to a broader audience, and provides free promotion for MTG. WotC should make a difference between protecting their copyrights and attacking the people that help them.
Please do not hesitate to post this piece of news on your blog, or on forums dedicated to Magic The Gathering. Maybe if enough people talk about this bad behavior, Wizards will realize it can hurt their image to do a witch hunt against every fanmade game.
As far as I’m concerned, I believe that a game invented more than 15 years ago should be in the public domain, and WotC should create new games rather than relying on their cash cows (Magic and D&D). But that’s a different story.
I personally got threatened by WotC’s lawyers less than a year ago. Yet I regularly receive emails from people who’ve come back to Magic after playing Wagic, years after they stopped playing the original game…
I understand it’s a complex issue, and their lawyers are probably just doing their job. But in the end it’s all a matter of money. If it costs them more to insult their clients than letting us do our fan work in peace, they’ll stop. So spread the word, people.
PS: if Wagic or MTGForge have made you buy some WotC products (you hadn’t played the game in years and Wagic made you want more so you bought Zendikar cards and participated to an official draft event, or you own an XBox360 and wanted to try it out because the AI AI is a bit frustrating, etc…), please post your experience 🙂