Yesterday the internet was set ablaze when a prominent youtuber — who actually makes his living by promoting Magic The Gathering through covering their pre-releases, events and the like, was banned for life for insulting a cosplayer in twitter. Wizards actually combed through his social media accounts to “prove” he was not the type of person they want at their events, which came down to not approving of his admitted Deplorable status and a bunch of pepe memes.
This is a disturbing precedent for a game conglomerate to be stalking an individual’s social media feed at the very least, but it goes beyond that in the corporate overreach. They actually stole and destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of his personal property as well.
There is a version of the game, Magic Online, where people spend money like they would on actual cards – buy packs, buy singles, etc in order to play, There’s a robust market for these online cards and the seizure of his account because they don’t like his politics is the latest in an ever frightening big-corporate attempts to hurt the lives individuals who can do nothing about it.
The youtuber and player is a bit shell shocked, but he has a statement here:
For now, the only reasonable thing you can do is spread the word and no longer purchase or play Magic The Gathering. Until these companies stop with their social justice jihads, they cannot get our money.
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