Quote from Dunharrow »Maybe I am naive, but I do not fully understand the explanation for taking down the site.
This site was owned by a larger company, that company decided to shut down a number of community fan sites for several games, not just Magic: the Gathering.
I am only speculating here, but there are several possibilities about why they no longer wanted to support these sites. One possibility is that the company decided that it was no longer interested in being in the business of owning / supporting those sites and because of technical / engineering reasons it would be difficult to simply sell those properties onto another company (ie. a lot of proprietary under-the-hood resources that they did not want other companies to get access to).
Another possibility is that this section of the company was losing money, not from every individual owned / supported site, but as a whole. So the company decided to cut their losses and stop supporting all of them since resources dedicated to supporting 3 profit-turning sites, for example, would not make sense compared to supporting, say, 10 profit-turning sites.
Another possibility is that, while the section of company was profitable, it cost X amount of dollars to support while generating a certain amount of profit and the company decided that they could make more money from that same X amount of dollars by doing something else. This is similar to what happens when decently viewed TV shows are cancelled. The idea is that while this show is doing OK, it will never be a huge hit and another show could be a huge hit.