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A popular tool for Magic: The Gathering online play, Cockatrice, went down today with the message “We’re down for the moment due to a legal dispute”.
The message has since been elaborated upon, and a visit to the site yields this:
I have received a letter from a law firm representing Hasbro Germany, expressing a strong feeling of dislike for our project, backed up with legal claims. Regardless of whether the claims they are making are factually correct or not, I have agreed to shut down the project in its current form. As soon as this is completely sorted out, development work will be put into keeping alive the code base in such a way that it can be used for other purposes.
I deeply appreciate all the support from the community and hope to see all of you again soon. I will keep you posted if there are any news.
This doesn’t look good for one of the popular, yet very unofficial, methods of Magic: The Gathering online play. There’s been a community outcry of sorts on various sites, one of the most vocal being the Magic: The Gathering community on Reddit, /r/magictcg. Complaints range from simple “Magic: The Gathering Online is too expensive” to more fleshed out arguments regarding the use of Cockatrice for playtesting decks for physical play.
Whatever the case, it’s clear that there’s certainly a fair amount of distress regarding the service being potentially eliminated. Threads like this and this are indicative of the some of some the feedback towards the situation, but there are certainly plenty of figures in the Magic: The Gathering community that are frankly shocked that Cockatrice has been allowed to exist for so long.
What do you think?
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