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Wizards Mandate Required Background Checks For Magic Judges, Judges In Strong Opposition

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Christopher M
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01.12.2018
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Today is a day of celebration for UnsleevedMedia and all the activists in the Magic community who continued to push for Wizards of the Coast and Magic Judges to enact mandatory background checks! For almost half a month now constant evidence has been publicized of convicted sex offenders being in the Magic Judge program, some still participated in children events after be convicted. The call for judges to be required to undergo a background check in order to continue or join the judge program grew.

Wizards released a statement yesterday stating that "tournament organizers and retailers will be explicitly required to conduct background checks for all staff (as permitted by applicable law)." And that "This includes CFB Events' Grand Prix, local store events like Friday Night Magic, and professional events like the Pro Tour and World Magic Cup as well as convention play run by Wizards."

Wizards also updated their Wizards Play Network Terms and Conditions to now include the background check requirements and a policy section specifically regarding sex offenders. Which is most likely a response to the article Magic: Sex Crimes Lies And Elaine Chase by Lou Colagiovanni, where he calls out Wizards for claiming to have a zero-tolerance policy while demonstrating that Wizards had more of a "some tolerance" to "Whenever we feel like it-olerance." policy on sex offenders.


Section 5b: To protect players of all ages, to the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to conduct background checks to meet your obligations under Section 15 on your Staff as well as those you engage with that interact with the public

Section 5h: You will refrain from violating the WPN Code Conduct and you agree to display in your Retail Store and/or Event Locations, player and community policies as designated by Wizards from time to time.

Section 15: You will not employ or otherwise engage Staff or other individuals who interact with the public on your behalf who (i) appear on a sex offender registry (or its international equivalent), and/or (ii) have been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for a violent sexual offense or a crime against children.


Elaine Chase, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy at Wizards, included her take of what happened regarding the case of Ross Prajzner, a level 3 judge who continued to judge at Magic events while being prosecuted and after being convicted for distributing child pornography. "We learned, however, that an individual reported to the Judge Conduct Committee was inadvertently not decertified by Magic Judges nor reported to Wizards...However, once this was brought to our attention, Wizards immediately coordinated with Magic Judges--an independent community-run organization that operates and manages the judge community and its Judge Conduct Committee--to address the situation."

Magic Judges were contacted mid last year about Prajzner's 2014 conviction after a game issue at an event. He was DCI banned a few days ago. Her full statement reads below,

Recently, a few former judges and players had their sex offender registries posted to social media. In accordance with our policy, the majority had already had their access to Magic organized play suspended indefinitely, and are not active in the Magic community.

We learned, however, that an individual reported to the Judge Conduct Committee was inadvertently not decertified by Magic Judges nor reported to Wizards. You can read more about that here. However, once this was brought to our attention, Wizards immediately coordinated with Magic Judges--an independent community-run organization that operates and manages the judge community and its Judge Conduct Committee--to address the situation. That individual has now been indefinitely suspended as a player and the Magic Judges decertified the individual's status as a Magic judge. When Wizards learns that a DCI member or a Wizards Play Network (WPN) retailer is on a sex offender registry, we take immediate action to remove them from organized play and our promotional programs. We have a zero-tolerance policy. Sex offenders have no place in the Magic community.

As part of our commitment to safe and inclusive spaces, tournament organizers and retailers will be explicitly required to conduct background checks for all staff (as permitted by applicable law). This includes CFB Events' Grand Prix, local store events like Friday Night Magic, and professional events like the Pro Tour and World Magic Cup as well as convention play run by Wizards.

We remain committed to working with tournament organizers, local game stores, and the Magic community to foster safe and inclusive environments. The proper channels for reporting misconduct are as follows: report judge misconduct to the Judge Conduct Committee at magicjudgefeedback@gmail.com, and retailer or player misconduct to investigations@wizards.com.


A vocal part of the Magic Judge community have been in strong opposition against the idea of mandatory background checks. Many trying to paint the stories as false or a conspiracy against the judge program and Wizards.



"This is a travesty.
Giving into hambly is awful. This hurts stores and judges and doesnt actually prevent anything." - reddit: LambachRuthven (Archive)


"Sure, the thought is nice, but the devil's in the details--this requires any LGS that wants to host WPN events to run background checks on every single one of their employees.
Heck, according to a strict reading here, every TO is required to run their own checks, so if a judge works for multiple TOs, they're going to need an independent check for each. RIP PPTQs.
And of course, this still won't shut Hambly up--no doubt he'll decry it as meaningless face-saving, but also claim victory and get even more obnoxious." - reddit: GrifterMage (Archive)



Now it is good to note that "Professors" for Pokemon Tournaments are required to complete a background check during the application process. The Pokemon Company states that Professors can choose between being an Organizer, Trading Card Game Judge or a Video Game Judge. The background check policy is already being used by other card games and seems to be working fairly well, despite what the Magic Judges try to claim. This new policy will help keep children safe from sex offenders and other violent convicts at "CFB Events' Grand Prix, local store events like Friday Night Magic, and professional events like the Pro Tour and World Magic Cup as well as convention play run by Wizards."


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