So today I found out that Wizards started enforcing a new set of rules in the mobile application community that forced a lot of small developers that had developed deck creation and organization apps to shut down those features of their applications.
This was a legal bullying tactic to create an artificial space for their new 'MTG Toolbox'. It seems that this new tool tries to do what these established apps have been doing for months or even years now. Except that, in traditional WOTC fashion, it does all those jobs worse.
To create a deck in the MTG toolbox takes at least 10 - 20 minutes, whereas the far superior 'decked' app, for example, allowed a complete deck list to be created in a few minutes. Roughly 10 taps are required for every 2 you needed in the superior app.
I would consider giving WOTC the benefit of the doubt when it comes to newly released applications and software, but from 15 years of experience with their software, I won't hold a shadow of a hope for them to make any strides toward improving the user experience in a timely fashion. What takes another company a year takes WOTC 10.
I find it incredibly sad that they have taken this approach, basically spitting in the communities face to make a buck. They have taken away useful and growingly popular apps just for this perceived cash grab opportunity.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. This is basically how wizards are. They are just another company at the top of an industry, with greedy men at the top, looking for ways to absorb other peoples hard work and ideas and give their fans nothing in return except lighter wallets.
Is this response somewhat extreme? Maybe. I just see far too many examples in wizards business practices that gouge their customers and give very little in return and I for one am pretty sick of it. I love this game, due mostly to the designers hard work and imaginations, but its marred at every turn by the leeway that the 'money makers' in the company have been afforded.
Rather than simply hand these small companies a lawsuit, why not offer to buy them out or ask the best of them to join the wizards team in order to improve the terrible wizards offerings? Obviously they need the help.