Wizards Responds to Lawsuits
April 20, 2016 (Renton, WA)—A handful of individuals who have been Magic judges for many years recently brought two lawsuits against Wizards of the Coast alleging that participating in the Magic community as a judge equates to employment with Wizards. These lawsuits are meritless.
Wizards of the Coast, Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment settle intellectual property infringement lawsuit
September 24, 2015 (Renton, WA) – Today Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and publisher of the strategy trading card game Magic: The Gathering®, and Cryptozoic Entertainment, LLC and Hex Entertainment, LLC, have resolved a litigation filed in May of last year claiming willful infringement of intellectual property rights arising from the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate®. The parties have entered into a settlement agreement and license with undisclosed terms.
Magic Duels available now on iPhone!
Wizards of the Coast today launched Magic Duels on iPhone® and iPad® with its initial content release, Magic Duels: Origins, enabling fans to play this brand new digital release for free. Magic Duels: Origins introduces an entirely new digital Magic experience and marks the first time fans can play Magic: The Gathering on the iPhone.
Wizards Announces Magic Duels: Origins
Wizards of the Coast today announced Magic Duels: Origins, the successor to their popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise. Magic Duels will launch with the exciting new storyline featured in the upcoming Magic Origins set, and will continue to expand with regular downloadable content that reflects the latest sets. Multiple play modes, including fan-favorite Two-Headed Giant, along with a true Free-to-Play experience will delight both new and returning players.
Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers Now Available on Xbox One
Renton, WA, November 5, 2014 – Wizards of the Coast today announced that for the first time, Magic 2015–Duels of the Planeswalkers is available for download on next-gen platform Xbox One. The game’s latest expansion, Garruk’s Revenge, will also release today on Xbox One, iPad via the iTunes Store, PC via Steam, Android via Google Play and Amazon Marketplace, with Xbox 360 coming soon.
Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers - Garruk's Revenge - Launches Nov 5th
Renton, WA, October 21, 2014 – Wizards of the Coast today announced Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion brings additional content to Magic 2015 and puts the fate of Garruk Wildspeaker, the deadliest hunter in the Multiverse, in the player’s hands as he seeks his revenge. Garruk’s Revenge will be available on PC via Steam and Android via Google Play starting November 5th. Additional platforms including Xbox One, Xbox 360, Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle will be available shortly thereafter.
MAGIC 2015 - DUELS OF THE PLANESWALKERS NOW AVAILABLE ON iPAD
Renton, WA, July 9, 2014 – In an exciting worldwide exclusive, Wizards of the Coast today announced the release of Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers on iPad. The launch signifies the first in the Magic 2015 product line-up and will be followed by releases on other platforms starting on July 16th. Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers challenges players to “Hunt Bigger Game” and confront the deadliest hunter in the Magic Multiverse – Garruk Wildspeaker. Players must attempt to stop Garruk as he turns his instincts away from beasts of the wild to a new quarry – you, his fellow Planeswalker. New this year to the latest installment of Duels of the Planeswalkers is the introduction of a full deck-building experience, allowing fans to customize their style of play like never before.
Tyranny of Dragons is Coming!
May 19, 2014 – Renton, WA – Today, Wizards of the Coast kicked off a pivotal year for Dungeons & Dragons, unveiling new serialized entertainment offerings that will bring the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons storyline to life as well as announcing the D&D Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual and Dungeon Master’s Guide for the highly-anticipated new rules set for the D&D tabletop roleplaying game. Together, these new offerings will command the attention of digital and tabletop RPG players alike, setting the foundation for the future of the brand and powering incredible, action-packed play experiences for fans. First out of the gates for Tyranny of Dragons digital offerings will be a new module for the highly-acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons MMO, Neverwinter, from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. The new module, aptly titled Tyranny of Dragons, will be the premier digital Dungeons & Dragons experience for players and will launch on August 14, 2014.
Wizards of the Coast Files Complaint Against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment for Copyright, Patent and Trade Dress Infringement
May 14, 2014 (Renton, WA) – Today Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Cryptozoic Entertainment, LLC and its alter ego, Hex Entertainment, LLC (collectively, “Cryptozoic”), for willful infringement of intellectual property rights. Cryptozoic develops and publishes the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, and its digital expressions, Magic Online® and the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers® franchise. “Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property. This infringement suit against Cryptozoic demonstrates that while we appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry, we will not permit the misappropriation of our intellectual property” said Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hasbro. “We attempted to resolve this issue, but Cryptozoic was unwilling to settle the matter.” The suit includes claims for copyright, patent and trade dress infringement.
Magic: The Gathering Gets Bigger and Bolder with Magic 2015
The time has come for gamers to Hunt Bigger Game. Wizards of the Coast today announced Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers, the latest installment for the popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise and the first version to release on the new next-generation gaming console, Xbox One. Starting this summer, Magic 2015 will put players at the center of the actions as the deadliest hunter in the Magic Multiverse, Garruk Wildspeaker, shifts his hunter’s instinct away from beasts of the wild to the ultimate quarry—you!
Funko Announces Licensing Agreement with Wizards of the Coast To Produce Magic: The Gathering Planeswalker Figures
LYNNWOOD, WA – February 16, 2014 – Funko is excited to announce a new licensing agreement with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) to produce Magic: The Gathering Planeswalker figures for their popular Pop! Vinyl Figures and new Legacy Collection Action Figures lines. “We are deeply honored and very excited that Wizards of the Coast chose Funko as a partner to develop truly cool collectibles for Magic: The Gathering. I know the fans of Magic have been waiting nearly 20 years to get their hands on some fantastic Action Figures and stylized Vinyl figures. I promise that we won’t disappoint them!” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko.
WizKids Announces Licensing Agreement With Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons Pre-Painted Miniatures
WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH WIZARDS OF THE COAST FOR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PRE-PAINTED MINIATURES This summer, WizKids will debut an all-new line of Dungeons & Dragons pre-painted miniatures that complement the recently announced Tyranny of Dragons adventure theme. Adding to the excitement of the recently announced Tyranny of Dragons from Wizards of the Coast, WizKids Games, a division of National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., is excited to announce an all-new line of pre-painted miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons. The first set of miniatures will coincide with the launch of the highly-anticipated next edition of Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, set to release in summer 2014.
Wizards of the Coast Reveals Tyranny of Dragons
As announced by USA Today, Wizards of the Coast today revealed Tyranny of Dragons, a massive, action-packed storyline that will fuel Dungeons & Dragons entertainment experiences in 2014. This year, D&D is pitting heroes everywhere against hordes of evil dragons led by the 5-headed queen of dragons, Tiamat. Through video games and mobile games, in-store play at local hobby stores, tabletop gaming and more, this year will be the biggest and most exciting in Dungeons & Dragons history.
Twentieth Century Fox and Hasbro to Develop Magic: The Gathering As a New Film Franchise
Twentieth Century Fox and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) have joined forces to make a series of films based upon Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast’s fantasy-adventure property, MAGIC: THE GATHERING. Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), whose Genre Films banner is based on the Fox Lot, will serve as the franchise’s creative steward and produce in close partnership with Hasbro. The announcement was made today by TCF production president Emma Watts, and Stephen Davis, president of Hasbro Studios.
Wizards of the Coast Announces Thrilling Dungeons & Dragons Launch for Summer 2014
December 19, 2013 – Renton, WA – Wizards of the Coast today announced that the highly-anticipated new rules system for Dungeons & Dragons will release in summer 2014. After nearly two years of an open public playtest and more than 175,000 playtest participants, the rules are complete. Players will be immersed in rich storytelling experiences across multiple gaming platforms as they face off against the most fearsome monster of all time.
Victory is One Back Alley Deal Away With New Lords Of Waterdeep Mobile Game From Playdek and Wizards of the Coast
CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013– Playdek, a leading mobile video games publisher, and Wizards of the Coast , a subsidiary of Hasbro, and leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated Lords of Waterdeep on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on the App Store (on Nov. 21), Lords of Waterdeep is a stunning digital adaptation of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons strategic board game. In Lords of Waterdeep, two to five players assume the role of masked Lords controlling the intriguing city of Waterdeep, one of the most beautiful yet dangerous port cities in the Forgotten Realms. The Lords’ identity remains secret during gameplay so strengths won’t be visible to opponents. The masked Lords vie to purchase buildings and control the city by recruiting agents, whom they send on quests to gain power. Often employing shady dealings in the underbelly of the city and back alleys, the Lords, through their agents, negotiate and outwit each other to rule the city, its treasures and resources.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Launches "Beyond School Walls" Mentoring Partnership with Wizards of the Coast and Cascade View Elementary School
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has partnered with Wizards of the Coast and Cascade View Elementary school to launch “Beyond School Walls,” a workplace mentoring partnership that pairs 12 Wizards of the Coast employees with students for one-to-one mentoring. The mentoring pairs will meet twice a month throughout the school year at Wizards’ main offices in Renton, WA, where mentors and students will enjoy lunch together, talk about school and personal goals and build relationships.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Available Now for Pre-purchase
EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- Beamdog, Atari, and Overhaul Games announce pre-purchasing for Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition on Mac and PC has begun, in preparation for release on November 15th, 2013. The original Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, launched in September 2000, and became the most celebrated Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying video game of its time. On November 15th, gamers new and old can experience the epic continuation and conclusion of the Bhaalspawn Saga with full HD resolution support and area art remastered from the original renders.
Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion Announced
Wizards of the Coast today announced that the Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion will release on September 18, 2013.* Adding depth to the latest installment of the wildly popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise, the Magic 2014 Expansion will give players the opportunity to explore new planes, fight new enemies and face new challenges. Available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PC via Steam, PlayStation Network, iPad, and Android via Google Play and the Amazon App Store, fans will be able to check out the expansion for the first time this weekend at PAX Prime (August 30 – Sept 2) in the Magic booth (#1642).