OGL WotC's growing pattern of broken promises

I saw this thread on Twitter, and it made me think. What the heck is going on here?






WotC also recently broke the spirit of the Reserved List in Magic: The Gathering with their predatory 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition fiasco.

Does anyone have any speculation on why WotC's gone so unhinged?
 
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rcade

Hero
Does anyone have any speculation on why WotC's gone so unhinged?
Probably for the same reason that Disney stopped paying royalties to authors who wrote tie-in novels for Star Wars and its other franchises -- because the company is so big it thinks it can get away with it.

 

Remathilis

Legend
WotC also recently broke the spirit of the Reserved List in Magic: The Gathering with their predatory 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition fiasco.
If there was ever a promise I wanted WotC to break, it's the naughty word reserve list. Playing Magic shouldn't require a mortgage. The anniversary edition was what happens when you tiptoe around fan reactions rather than say "this is something that has outlived it's usefulness and it's now a detriment to the game."

The anniversary edition should have been a gold-backed draft set with chase black borders in it for standard price. But WotC doesn't want to make Rudy angry, so they picked the worst of all worlds.

Death to the reserve list. Cards are to be played, not investment chips.
 

Scribe

Legend
If there was ever a promise I wanted WotC to break, it's the naughty word reserve list. Playing Magic shouldn't require a mortgage. The anniversary edition was what happens when you tiptoe around fan reactions rather than say "this is something that has outlived it's usefulness and it's now a detriment to the game."

The anniversary edition should have been a gold-backed draft set with chase black borders in it for standard price. But WotC doesn't want to make Rudy angry, so they picked the worst of all worlds.

Death to the reserve list. Cards are to be played, not investment chips.
Nobody needs reserved list cards. If you are open to essentially proxy cards, your printer solves the issue.
 



Scribe

Legend
I guess you are fine with Legacy dieing as a format? Or "no proxy" commander?

That's akin to removing all TSR-era material from sale and saying "if your open to piracy, you printer solves the issue."
Unless you are playing in Legacy tournaments, I struggle to see how it's an issue.
 

jeffh

Adventurer
WotC also recently broke the spirit of the Reserved List in Magic: The Gathering with their predatory 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition fiasco.
That's a completely different thing in that Reserved List is a rule the overwhelming majority of their audience doesn't want them to honour. This wasn't the way to do it but frankly, that's one promise they should tear up.

Unfortunately there seems to be some (actual or perceived) legal issue forcing them to keep that in play despite the wishes of most of their customers and some within the company itself. Notably, this was the case long before the current batch of ex-Microsoft people and such were in charge - it's not a new issue by any means. MaRo, for example, has made it clear the Reserved List isn't going anywhere, all but said outright that's against his wishes, and the most information-rich response he's given to the question of why was something like "I can't tell you, and I can't tell you why I can't tell you". Tell me there's lawyers involved, without telling me there's lawyers involved...
 

Art Waring

halozix.com
WotC also recently broke the spirit of the Reserved List in Magic: The Gathering with their predatory 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition fiasco.

Does anyone have any speculation on why WotC's gone so unhinged?
Hasbro stock price has plummeted over the past year (2022), with banks downgrading their stock right before the release of M30, losing up to 40% of their stock balue and their stock is now downrated to a "sell now" stock. M30 was also a disaster, that they expected to make windfall profits from.

Shareholders inside Hasbro want to split wotc into another company, one of the reasons being that their money would double overnight. The split didn't happen, so they are desperate for new avenues of income to appease shareholders.

Shareholders are indicating that they are unhappy with the drop in stock price, which sparks "fireside chats," then mentioning the under-monetization of dnd, and the potentiasl destruction of the 3pp industry to eliminate any competition. Customers, creators, and publishers don't matter to Hasbro, all that matters is the shareholders.
 



Haplo781

Legend
I guess you are fine with Legacy dieing as a format? Or "no proxy" commander?
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That's akin to removing all TSR-era material from sale and saying "if your open to piracy, you printer solves the issue."
No, no it isn't.
 

There are no legacy tournaments. The cost is so prohibitive that no one can afford to play.

That said, I just replaced my printer cartridge and bought a land pack. Want to play my $4000 deck?
As a Netrunner player, I am baffled as to why this would be a bad thing. We just allow proxies at all events, and everyone has every card, and the competitive scene is just fine and supports a variety of formats.
 

Scribe

Legend
There are no legacy tournaments. The cost is so prohibitive that no one can afford to play.

That said, I just replaced my printer cartridge and bought a land pack. Want to play my $4000 deck?
Sure, I'd sleeve up my own?

Can I interest you however in the better format, Modern? ;)
 

Haplo781

Legend
Hasbro stock price has plummeted over the past year (2022), with banks downgrading their stock right before the release of M30, losing up to 40% of their stock balue and their stock is now downrated to a "sell now" stock. M30 was also a disaster, that they expected to make windfall profits from.

Shareholders inside Hasbro want to split wotc into another company, one of the reasons being that their money would double overnight. The split didn't happen, so they are desperate for new avenues of income to appease shareholders.

Shareholders are indicating that they are unhappy with the drop in stock price, which sparks "fireside chats," then mentioning the under-monetization of dnd, and the potentiasl destruction of the 3pp industry to eliminate any competition. Customers, creators, and publishers don't matter to Hasbro, all that matters is the shareholders.
Their price has dropped like 3.5% in the last 2 days alone.
 


MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
Unfortunately there seems to be some (actual or perceived) legal issue forcing them to keep that in play despite the wishes of most of their customers and some within the company itself.
That'd be promisory stoppel, you know, the same kind of issue with them going back on their word about a license being allowed in perpetuity... Except milder...
 


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