Earlier this month Wildcat Intellectual Property Holdings filed a lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast claiming that the Hasbro subsidiary "violated its electronic trading-card patent" with "Magic: The Gathering Online." The company "seeks injunctive relief to stop the alleged infringing activity," which in a worst case scenario could mean shutting down "Magic Online." Such an action would render every player's collections, some of which are valued at thousands of dollars, worthless.
I caught up with Heath Newton, owner of arguably the largest "Magic Online" card store www.mtgotraders.com, for his thoughts on the matter.
David Leavitt: "Will your company be buying less "Magic Online" singles from players or reducing your buy prices to mitigate potential risk?"
Heath Newton: "I do not foresee this lawsuit getting very far and have not changed anything about my business due to the lawsuit nor do I plan to."
If anything, Newton sees the lawsuit as an opportunity.
"If you know anyone selling out because of the lawsuit you are welcome to send them my way."
Readers: Are you worried about rising booster pack prices if a court rules a monetary judgment against Wizards of the Coast or that "Magic Online" might shut down?
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Catch up on "Return to Ravnica"
Event decks: "Golgari: Creep and Conquer" and "Rakdos: Wrack and Rage."
Intro packs: "Rakdos Raid," "Azorius Advance," "Golgari Growth," "Selesnya Surge," and "Izzet Ingenuity."
Card lists: White, Blue, Black, Red, Green, Azorius, Izzet, Golgari, Rakdos, Selesnya, Hybrid, Artifact, and Land.