Wizards of the Coast take legal action against Cryptozoic

WOTC files lawsuit against Cryptozoic demonic attorney
Last night Wizards of the Coast has announced they have filed a lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment claiming that their new digital card game MMO, HEX Shards of Fate infringes their patents, copyright and Trade Dress and their “willful infringement of intellectual property rights”.

The above video shows Hex in action; the game is currently in closed beta testing so things could currently be different. Gameplay wise the game looks like your typical Magic clone, which to be fair almost every single collectible card game is. However where I thing Wizards of the Coats are really aiming their lawsuit is that graphically Hex bares more than a passing resemblance to Magic Duels of the Planeswalkers.

Polyhedron Collider Magic the gathering Hex shards of fate lawsuit comparison

The important term here is ‘Trade Dress’ which, according to Wikipedia “refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging”. No look at two screenshots of the game side by side and there is more than a passing resemblance between the two.

It’s going to be interesting to see how his pans out because if elements of Hex’s gameplay come into question then nearly every single collectible card game and derivative is going to be under scrutiny.

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  1. Yup; looks like they've taken more than inspiration from the look of MtG's online outings. I don't think you can avoid it in real TCG, but here it smells a little of ripoff.

  2. This is a really good breakdown on the legal stuff: