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16 months on, Wizards of the Coast settles Hex: Shards of Fate lawsuit

16 months on, Wizards of the Coast settles  Hex: Shards of Fate  lawsuit
September 29, 2015 | By Chris Kerr




Board and card game company, Wizards of the Coast, has finally resolved its lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment, best known for creating the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

WotC instigated legal proceedings back in May 2014, claiming that Hex and Cryptozoic's digital card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, was a clone of its own card-battler, Magic: The Gathering. 

The Hasbro-owned company alleged that Hex infringed on multiple entries in the Magic series, and subsequently filed a lawsuit that included claims of copyright, patent, and trade dress infringement. 

Now, over 16 months after the legal skirmish began, WotC has released a small statement explaining that both parties have entered into a "settlement agreement and license with undisclosed terms."

“Wizards of the Coast has always welcomed new games to the trading card game genre, and we encourage trading card game fans to not only play Magic, but to try many different games. However, we will not hesitate to take action to protect our intellectual property," said company CEO, Greg Leeds.

"That is why we brought this lawsuit, and why we are happy to announce its resolution through a settlement and license that both protects the valuable intellectual property of Magic: The Gathering and allows Cryptozoic and Hex to move forward with Hex: Shards of Fate."



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