first_imgWizards of the Coast settles Hex lawsuitReaches agreement with Cryptozoic and Hex over similarities with Magic: The GatheringMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 28th September 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleWizards of the CoastWizards of the Coast has settled its lawsuit with Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment over the crowdfunded card game, Hex: Shards of Fate.The suit, which accused Cryptozoic and Hex of infringing WOTC’s IP rights, was filed in May. The two sides have now reached an out-of-court settlement agreement and license, though the terms were not disclosed.At the root of WOTC’s complaint were the similarities between Hex: Shards of Fate and Magic: The Gathering. In a statement released over the weekend, CEO Greg Leeds stated that the company encourages fans of trading card games to play competing products.”However, we will not hesitate to take action to protect our intellectual property and the amazing work of hundreds of dedicated Magic team members around the world,” Leeds said. “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.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Whether the agreement is favourable to Cryptozoic and Hex isn’t clear, but the companies took a firm stance against the lawsuit when it was first filed. Indeed, Cryptozoic accused WOTC of trying to, “snuff out fair competition.”Inevitably, the companies are now more sanguine about the matter. “We recognise that Wizards owns valuable intellectual property in Magic: The Gathering, are happy to have this matter settled and excited to move forward with Hex: Shards of Fate,” said Hex Entertainment CEO Cory Jones.”We believe that the gaming community will benefit from knowing that Hex: Shards of Fate is no longer subject to litigation.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWizards of the Coast reveals new studio headed up by BioWare veteransUpdate: Mass Effect writer Drew Karpyshyn joins Archetype, says he lost enthusiasm at BioWare as it became more corporate By Haydn Taylor A year agoExpect “seven or eight” Dungeons & Dragons games in the near futureWizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks reveals that D&D is returning to video games in a big way By Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more