by Grok on 2016-11-18 03:15 CET
It's one thing to put up advertisements to keep the lights on, it's another to post a dishonest article encouraging your users to literally donate their money to exploitative gambling services. Sure, it's labeled "sponsored content," but you're still allowing these views to be promoted on your site.
I'm sure you'll just delete this comment like you always do, Oppo, since I've never seen you respond positively to constructive criticism. But I really think you should reevaluate who you take money from. Is there really no one else willing to advertise on Magic League? There's a very good reason online gambling has been outlawed in most countries.
by nico on 2016-11-25 22:04 CET
uhmm, the link already says it is an online casino. What makes you think that the average person thinks it is a way to get rich?
I think the average person on magic-league is familiar with gambling and odds.
If you know better ways of earning money, please enlighten the staff. When you criticise the staff for the way they try to get money for prices that you can win, you better give an alternative. If you did that, you would be constructtive.
by Grok on 2016-11-28 21:01 CET
The title literally says "3 ways of making money online." If that's not trying to mislead people into giving money to the casino, then I don't know what is. Most intelligent people know that the house always wins, but the naive people who pour money into slot machines or sports betting are the real targets here.
Sure, some people come out ahead when gambling, but those people have calculated the odds and can only make money when playing against people who didn't calculate the odds. In games like Texas Hold'em, experienced players can grind out value over a long time, but again, it only provides a consistent income if they are playing against people who are bad at the game and don't know what they are doing. Same reason why casinos are profitable; no one makes money gambling unless naive players show up to donate money to the pool.
As for alternatives to funding Magic-League prizes, how about requesting donations from regular players? It's not like they give out very much money anyway, the prize is just a little incentive to play. Similarly, they could ask for support for web hosting costs via Patreon. Google ads is an option too.
Or, as I already suggested, the staff could try to find other businesses to partner with, ones that won't prey on Magic-League users. Sure, like you said, many Magic players are familiar with the poor odds of gambling. But many others pour an exorbitant amount of their income into Magic, which is basically a lite form of gambling. If we view Magic as the gateway drug, providing them with a direct link to the hard stuff (online casinos) is akin to leaving heroine lying around someone who occasionally smokes weed. It's an immoral thing to do however you slice it.