A new legal battle erupted in the card game world today as Upper Deck Company announced it’s suing Ravensburger, alleging the upcoming Disney card game, Lorcana, is made from a stolen game.
Upper Deck is known primarily for its collectible trading cards, as well as card games like “Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game,” “Vs. System,” and “Dark Legacy.” The statement from Upper Deck alleges that “Ravensburger and a previous Upper Deck game designer [stole and copied] Upper Deck’s original game which Ravensburger repackaged and marketed as Lorcana.”
According to Upper Deck President Jason Masherah:
“We invested significant time and resources to develop a new and novel trading card game. Our current leadership values the importance of protecting intellectual property of both Upper Deck and its licensors.”
Ravensburger is a company that has published games for players of all ages, including children’s games, family games, and strategy games. Among tabletop gamers, it’s known for releasing several games using licensed properties, particularly Disney. Some of the company’s more well-known games include “Villanous,” “Horrified,” and “The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game.”
Most recently, Ravensburger gained attention when it was announced it would be producing Lorcana, the Disney card game. This collectible card game brings characters from Disney’s history and cinematic library together, as players summon iconic characters in reimagined and classic forms. The game is set to release in September 2023 with booster packs, starter decks, and an “Illumineer’s Trove” to start the game with.
In its lawsuit, Upper Deck alleges that Lorcana’s game designer, Ryan Miller, copied the work he’d done for Upper Deck on a game called “Rush of Ikorr,” and transported it to Ravensburger, where it became Lorcana.
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