Wizards of the Coast Takes Firm Stance Against AI Art Following Controversy

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Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, recently reiterated its stance against the use of AI-generated art and writing within its gaming products. This reaffirmation came after a recent controversy involving artwork mistakenly identified as AI-generated in a Dungeons and Dragons announcement.

The prevalence of AI-generated art has surged in recent times as the technology behind it becomes more accessible. Wizards of the Coast faced a similar issue previously when AI-generated art was discovered in Bigby Presents: Glory of Giants. In response, Dungeons and Dragons replaced the AI-generated art with pieces created by human artists and updated its contracts to prohibit the use of AI-generated art in future projects.

To underscore their position on this matter, Wizards of the Coast released simultaneous statements through both Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering denouncing the use of AI for both art and writing in their franchises. These statements emphasized the value of craftsmanship, creativity, and the efforts of talented individuals in crafting their games. They explicitly stated that contributors are prohibited from utilizing AI tools, asserting that this policy won’t be changing.

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This recent reaffirmation from Wizards of the Coast stems from a controversy surrounding artwork used to announce upcoming Dungeons and Dragons revisions in 2024. While fans and critics speculated that the art might have been AI-generated, the artist, Nestor Ossandon, confirmed through Wizards of the Coast and independent journalists that it was indeed hand-drawn, even providing work-in-progress sketches to verify it.

While many fans of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering have expressed support for Wizards of the Coast’s commitment to their statements against AI-generated content, there remains skepticism among some. Some fans highlighted that the statements specifically mentioned prohibiting the use of these tools for final products, suggesting that they could potentially be utilized for concept art or earlier stages. This skepticism stems from past controversies, such as the D&D OGL and MTG Pinkerton incidents, which have led to a lack of trust in the company’s actions and decisions.

Consequently, Wizards of the Coast faces a significant challenge in rebuilding trust and clearing its name among its fanbase, given the history of contentious incidents. The company will likely need to undertake substantial efforts to regain the confidence of its community.