This weekend, in London, a major Magic: the Gathering tournament is scheduled to take place. This event is the culmination of months of qualifier tournaments, with significant prizes, and a very large number of international attendees. The venue is on Warwick Road, which I’m given to understand is safely away from the events of the morning. Registration was to start today, with events beginning bright and early Friday.
One event at the venue has already been postponed. However, the tournament organizers have decided to proceed with the tournament as scheduled.
Is this a good thing? On one hand, it could very well be seen as insensitive and potentially dangerous, what with the chaos going on and the fear of more attacks. On the other hand, some respect the company MORE for not cancelling, seeing it as “not giving in to the terrorists,” and that all the organizers are doing is putting the decision to attend in the hands of the players, many of whom spent not insignificant amounts of time and money to attend, instead of the terrorists.
The whole situation brings to mind 9/11 (which, ironically, was the Tuesday after a major Magic tournament held at Madison Square Garden), when the Backstreet Boys decided to NOT cancel a concert around the same time, the logic being that their fans had enough to be depressed about without losing the chance to see their favorite group. Where do you stand on this?