I’ve had a lot of people ask about the 2015 cards. Unfortunately, for reasons that I will explain in greater detail later in this post, the cards are only available to IBL participants at this time. If/when they become available I will post here and send out an announcement. If you would like more details please read on.
First off, if you have sent me private communication regarding the cards or have attempted to comment here on the blog, I apologize for the lack of response. Those with whom I have corresponded in the past know that ignoring inquiries about the game is out of character for me. I hope that as you read on the reasons for my silence will be understandable.
Sometime in late March, after all work on the 2015 cards had been completed, I received an email asking whether I was affiliated with a company producing a game called Platinum Series Baseball. The reason I was asked is because the sample cards posted at their website looked very similar to the IBL cards. I explained that I had no business arrangement with the company producing the game and immediately began investigating.
After some digging around I discovered that not only were the card mock-ups similar to IBL cards, but the posted rules and charts for this game were almost entirely verbatim copies of IBL rules/charts from previously released seasons. It was also obvious from the extremely poor quality of the mock-ups and documentation that the people behind the game did not have a finished product. Given that the ethically challenged individuals behind this game had no qualms about violating U.S. Copyright Law or licensing terms, it was entirely possible that their business plan was to steal as much as possible. Therefore, I decided that there was no way I could release the 2015 card set to the general public before they created and shipped a product.
Additionally, I felt I had no choice but to remain silent about the status of the cards. Any information I gave out would have been of marginal use (or solace) to those of you patiently waiting to play the game. However, any indication that I was not going to release materials these people planned to copy would have been extremely useful information for them to have. At this point, three months after their product announcement, even if they had been waiting for the cards I have to imagine they would have already moved on to plan B. Then again who knows, maybe in a few days we’ll see them announce another “unforeseen manufacturing delay”. In any case, once again I apologize for ignoring your inquiries over the past three months.
Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve completed all of the technical work to enable a new distribution model. Everything is still available via links on the download page. However, if you wish to download any IBL Game materials you must first log in via a social media credential. The login page clearly states the licensing terms, and by logging in you are explicitly agreeing to the terms of that license. Hopefully someday soon I’ll be announcing the availability of the 2015 card set. In the meantime, all previously released materials are now available via the new system.
I’m closing this post with a request that you please refrain from asking me for more information about the 2015 cards or the situation with Platinum Series Baseball. If you would like to verify my claims about duplicated materials feel free to browse through this collection of PSB docs that were posted at various times on their website. I do not have the time to enumerate all of the copyright violations, nor would it be prudent for me to do so as it could negatively impact my legal strategy. If you are inclined to make your own comparisons, it should literally take only a few seconds to find something that is an exact copy of the IBL Game rules/charts. If you’re outraged and wish to do something, I suggest making your feelings known via social media as these people appear to be heavily invested in their Facebook and Twitter presence.