The ongoing trade dispute between America and Canada has started to take its toll on the gaming community, in the form of a new tariff that is increasing the cost of several prominent collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering.
A new tariff has been imposed upon playing cards that are traded from America to Canada, which affects everything from regular playing cards that you use for games like to Poker, to the ones used in games like Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. This tariff takes the form of an extra ten percent charge upon all standard playing cards, which merchants don't see a penny of.
This tariff couldn't have come at a worse time for Wizards of the Coast, as they are currently working on Magic: The Gathering Arena, which is their attempt to invade the market created by Hearthstone and create a true online platform for the game that can be bettered through regular updates, rather than creating annual Magic: The Gathering video games, like they have attempted to do in the past.
The beta of Magic: The Gathering Arena has been receiving rave reviews from those who have been lucky enough to receive a code for the game. If the game then takes off, then it will increase interest in the physical card game, especially as they are planning to add physical codes to booster packs, which can then be redeemed in-game. This is a tactic that has worked well with Pokémon TCG Online in the past, so Wizards of the Coast have likely been hoping to emulate the success of that game.
Collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering will be affected far more than the companies that produce regular playing cards. This is due to the fact that games like Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh! rely on a steady rotation of new sets in order to keep the game alive, so it's vitally important that new boosters and starter decks are released on a regular basis. This isn't an issue for regular playing cards unless some enterprising company wants to create a fifth suit to challenge clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades.