Wizards Play Network now requiring background checks on staff after controversy in July last year

January 21, 2018 - 1:09am

Last year there was quite a bit of controversy created in the Magic the Gathering Tournament community when it was revealed that one of their active judges was on the sex offender registry.  The backlash was hard and fast against Wizards of the Coast and the Wizards Play Network that supplies judges for the tournaments, with many people saying they didn't feel safe knowing that person was there.  Wizards of the Coast when faced with this ire decertified the judge immediately with the promise to make sure this doesn't happen again.  Fast forward to today and the latest changes to the Terms and Conditions for the Wizards Play Network implements those promised changes by requiring background checks on all staff and volunteers related to the tournaments and within stores.  It also goes on to say that if they "appear on a sex offender registry (or its international equivalent), and/or have been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for a violent sexual offense or a crime against children", they can not be a judge or hold any other position which requires interaction with the public.  Hopefully this change will assuage people's fears and help to make the tournament scene more warm and welcome.  You can read the full changes and a message from Wizards of the Coast on the WPN website.