Wizards of the Coast Sues 'Hex: Shades of Fate' Makers

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering owner Wizards of the Coast has filed a lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment related to their digital card game Hex: Shards of Fate. According to the lawsuit the digital collectible card game is a clone of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering.

Cryptozoic and Hex are best known for creating the popular World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. Last year the companies ran a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the digital trading card game.

Wizards of the Coast alleges that Hex: Shards of Fate infringes on its properties including multiple entries in the Magic series, such as the Duels of the Planeswalkers video games.

"Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property," reads a statement from the company. "This infringement suit against Cryptozoic demonstrates that while we appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry, we will not permit the misappropriation of our intellectual property."

The lawsuit includes claims of copyright, patent and trade dress infringement. Wizards of the Coast previously submitted an official complaint in March.

Source: Gamasutra


Re: Wizards of the Coast Sues 'Hex: Shades of Fate' Makers

WoTC was actually allowed to patent turning a card sideways to indicate it's use. I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering how f'ed up patent law is and IP law in general.

Re: Wizards of the Coast Sues 'Hex: Shades of Fate' Makers

I would need to do more research into it, but I believe that patent should be expiring soon.

Edit: Yep. I was right. It might be expiring this year, or at the latest in 2017. 


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