Wizards of the Coast has filed a lawsuit against MMOTCG HEX: Shards of Fate developer Cryptozoic Entertainment for “willful infringement of intellectual property rights.”
HEX: Shards of Fate is a digital only trading card game with hints of MMO features, such as dungeons and an auction house. The game recently left its alpha phase following a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and is now in closed beta.
Wizards claims that HEX is a clone of popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering. “Cryptozoic develops and publishes the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, and its digital expressions, Magic Online® and the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers® franchise,” a press release reads.
“Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property. 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” said Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hasbro. “We attempted to resolve this issue, but Cryptozoic was unwilling to settle the matter.”
According to the press release, the “suit includes claims for copyright, patent and trade dress infringement.”