Wizards of the Coast Accuses MMOTCG Hex of cloning Magic The Gathering

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor May 15, 2014
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Wizards of the Coast, infamous creators of the TCG Magic the Gathering have filed a lawsuit against the developers behind the upcoming MMOTCG HEX: Shards of Fate for willful copyright infringement.

According to WotC's official press release, Hex developer Cryptozoic has created a "a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering" and while Wizards "appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry" they consider HEX to be a misappropriation of their intellectual property.

In the filed lawsuit documents WotC accuses HEX of possessing many similar mechanics to Magic: The Gathering including color specific resources (Lands in Magic), similar card mechanics (artifacts in both games), along with its interface when compared to the digital version of Magic, Duels of the Planeswalkers.

It is in fact possible to patent basic gameplay mechanics (see mini-game loading screens) and Wizards of the Coast already do own a few patents for Magic including the patent for "tapping" a card although it doesn't seem to have been enforced to the highest degree as there are plenty of offline and online TCGs who feature that mechanic.

WotC claims Cryptozoic has been unwilling to resolve the matter thus forcing the lawsuit. Cryptozoic has yet to offer an official response to the lawsuit.

HEX was successfully Kickstarted back in the early part of 2013 after vastly exceeding its goal. The TCG is currently in closed beta development and promises to combine the world of an MMO into a TCG complete with customizable champions, dungeons, an involved storyline, advance AI, and other social features one might expect to find in an MMO. The PvE portion of HEX is said to be free, with players able to earn over 300 cards. Those who wish to play against real opponents may purchase or trade for additional cards only rewarded through PvP.

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Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (25)

Greg 8 years ago
I love MTG and I'm in the Hex beta and play a game or two each day.

Sorry but this is totally a MTG clone and even thought there are slight differences in how the game works, mana for instance or even abilities - after playing about 5 matches a few weeks ago I immediately felt this was an MTG knockoff.

Part of me hopes Cryptozoic wins this case as more competition raises the bar overall.

But another part of me knows that WOTC will win because this is a knockoff. Just like Ice Ice Baby was a knockoff of Under Pressure. Different, but too many similarities - I'd compare the music illustration to about 20% the same, this game is about 80% the same which is too much sadly.

I only donated $10 but I'm wondering if they lose the lawsuit will they have to pay us all back?

rockandroll89 8 years ago
I'm not surprised by this at all. It's not the first time Wizards tried to sue someone. If I remember right they tried to sue the maker's of the Pokemon TCG. Even though I do find it pretty stupid, because land in magic the gathering and energy in Pokemon are totally used differently. I think Wizards should just leave The makers of Hex alone. You don't see Sony Entertainment going around sueing other companies do you (who makes mmo's). I dont think so. I'm looking forward to playing Hex and hopes everything goes alright.

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Zarrix 8 years ago
if im not mistaken they had a WotC developer from MTG in their studio helping them design some original mechanics and stuff for their game, while they do make use of basic mechanics such as lands, artifavts and tapping they have blown TCG's into a new set of mechanics with all new ideas with like card transformations and multiple card flips and more because i havent been following the game very closly.

Ninetenduh 8 years ago
Well they have the Patents on it so why shouldn't they, it is there right to do so, it ain't the nice tour to do it but it is still there right.

MTG was the first Trading card game and is untill today the most played and biggest card game out there. If they would want to they could sue almost any TCG out there but actually Hex really looks like a cheap rip off.

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Jellopy 8 years ago
For some reason I am reminded of the copyrighting and suing over the birthday song with this, magics rules are baseline for pretty much any ccg like it so they can sue anyone with a trading card game if this suit goes through. Sounds kind of pathetic and greedy to me in all honesty. Like they haven't made enough selling rehashes of the pc magic games already.

OIUREgh 8 years ago
Fail... HEX actually looked pretty cool, hope wizards lose the case. They need to stop being little bitches, games copy games all the time.

Razer 8 years ago
Why adapt to beat the competition when you can just litigate?

asd 8 years ago
they deserve it the game play looks completely the same

Mounted 8 years ago
Mounted son

mtgsucks 8 years ago
MTG SUCKS. BOYCOTT M:TG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cryptera 8 years ago
MTG has been around for ages. i dont recall any lawsuits that were out of context. they dont go after small business's idk where you heard that. thats slander and frankly ridiculous. MTG has been the number one card game for a few decades now. its played professionally all over the world. massive events are held with huge cash prizes. they have an online version of the game as well that isnt doing so hot because most people like to be right in your face talking shit while they beat you down vs online to some random dude. people also like the physical versions of their cards not the digital ones. MTG also has man play options. 2 headed giant,highlander,extended and standard for the fnm kinda guy that can afford to keep his deck updated. (very expensive) some cards for MTG are soo expensive they cost more than a down payment for a house.(were talking the classic old stuff from first edition and all that early stuff). as an MTG fan for yrs i havnt been playing much of it lately wiht all these other games that are coming out. like hearthstone which i happen to like alot. all and all if hex is being sued its for good reason. and the lesson will be learned i garuntee you that. DO NOT MESS WITH MTG! they will not hesitate to come after you -.-

Cacalips 8 years ago
I am divided on guilty or not. On one hand, they just revised the rules, like all trading card games do. So not guilty. Hasbro or Wizards of the coast, since day one have done nothing but keep smaller companies in court until they bankrupt out, dominating the entertainment market. They are troll cry babies. They are mad their online Magic game flopped and want NO ONE to replace them.
That said, I read the legal documents. Page 7-19 do have side by side comparison of some cards that do indeed seem to be direct clones...
Wise judge would just say "change the card look, move on."

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K 8 years ago
Omg Drama [Carebox]

Mystika 8 years ago
So...uh first thing's first, why is Wizards of the Coast infamous? Was there a scandal involved with them and Magic: The Gathering?

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