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Baneful's Column
By Baneful
January 3, 2017

Baneful's Take VI: Dueling Network (2011-2016) 

Before DN, there were windows programs you had to download and install to play a simulation of Yugioh for free, but it wasn't convenient for many.  With a website, you can visit it anywhere and everything saves online.  Originally, there was a Vietnamese website with a shoddy interface in which my friends and I would play the game on, but it was only a matter of time until someone made a website with an actually good interface.  It wasn't automated, though, so you had to wait for mods to dispute a ruling or deal with a malicious AFKer.  But it did create opportunities in playing traditional format, fun formats and older formats.

It lasted a few good years, had millions of users and created a thriving forum community, before it received a Cease & Desist back in July of 2016.  Six month later and there's no end in site.  Admins and staff have pretty much expressed that it may never come back.  In all fairness, from a legal perspective, there was a legitimate claim of copyright infringement.  Name, logos, copyrighted terms, card arts, the back of the cards, the gameplay and so on were used.  Copyright laws make sense on a temporary basis to prevent inventors and artists from going destitute because someone stole their ideas.  But they do also exist as a regulation on the market which enables large corporations from dealing with competition.

Now, (regardless of who sent the C&D) Konami can sell cards at a very high profit margin because someone who was able to provide a very similar service for free was wiped out.  A new Yugioh video game for PS4 and such is being worked on too and DN may very well have been removed because people wouldn't buy the video game if they can play something better for free.  But this means the game designers don't have to make a good product in order to beat the competition.

Nonetheless, what's done is done.  It had a good run.  DevPro/YGOPro is the future because it's not managed by one central authority like DN, but it's a spectrum of different applications, so it's impossible to sue every single one of them.  People will always find a way to circumvent laws.  But, to Dueling Network, if this is goodbye, you'll be missed.

 

 


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