The tabletop gaming community buzzed when the announcement was made that Cryptozoic was being sued by Wizards of the Coast over their game Hex : Shards of Fate. Hex, for those that don’t know, is a digital trading card game that was funded on Kickstarter last summer. The base of the lawsuit is that Hex and its mechanics are too similarly modeled after WotC’s Magic: The Gathering.
Looking into the game a bit, there are some similarities in keywords and how the game progresses. In fact, playing Hex almost feels identical to playing MtG, save for the fact that it is digital rather than a physical card game. Fans of Hex are saying that the game differs enough that WotC doesn’t have a case, and some MtG players feel that it was ripped off from WotC.
While there are many things that link these two games together, I’m not sure that the case will go through. I fully understand WotC’s reasons, but the game’s intentions and functions were published on the Kickstarter page long before the launch. Wizards says they’ve contacted Cryptozoic but haven’t been able to come to a solution on their own, thus the lawsuit taking place. Backers are now worried that the money put into the Kickstarter is going to be turned around into paying off this massive lawsuit of $2+ million. If more news comes out about this situation, we will update you!