Wizards of the Coast has finally given in to the desires of the fans and content creators of Dungeons & Dragons. The game publisher announced on the 27th of January that it wouldn’t integrate proposed changes to D&D’s OGL, which would have had a huge impact on NFT projects inspired by the game.
At the beginning of this year, the game publisher sparked anger in the hearts of its community members. This was because Wizards of the Coast had published its intentions to update a gaming license that had allowed fans to create D&D-inspired content for more than two decades. Dungeons and Dragons, which has proclaimed itself as the world’s greatest roleplaying game, has been the source of inspiration for a wide range of content. Such D&D-derived content includes the Adventure Zone novels, the Critical Role web series, podcasts, live shows, and many others.
Fortunately, according to a statement released by Kyle Brink, the executive producer of Dungeons & Dragons, Wizards of the Coast has placed a lid on its efforts to update its OGL. Now, content derived from Dungeons & Dragons will be addressed in an open and irrevocable Creative Commons license through its System Reference Document.
Kyle Brink stated about this subject:
“This Creative Commons licence makes the content freely available for any use. We don’t control that licence and cannot alter or revoke it. It’s open and irrevocable in a way that doesn’t require you to take our word for it. And its openness means there’s no need for a VTT policy. Placing the SRD under a Creative Commons licence is a one-way door. There’s no going back.”
D&D community members had a major role to play in this announcement. The Hasbro-owned gaming company had once released a poll to know the minds of D&D fans regarding the proposed changes.
According to the results of the poll, 89% of voters were dissatisfied with deauthorizing Open Game License 1.0a, and 90% shared that they would have to change some aspect of their business to accommodate OGL 1.2. On the other hand, 62% were satisfied with including Systems Reference Document content in Creative Commons.
According to the polling results, Wizards of the Coast’s community was quite against banning content creators from creating derivative NFT collections. While the latest statement from Wizards of the Coast does not specifically highlight non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the announcement states that the new open and irrevocable method infers that there is no need for a virtual tabletop policy. Hence, the D&D community can choose between the Open Game License 1.0a and the Creative Commons’ System Reference Document.