In an unexpected turn of events in the board game industry, Upper Deck, a leading company in sports and entertainment games and collectibles, is taking legal action against Ravensburger and a former Upper Deck game designer. The complaint centers around allegations of theft and replication of an original game from Upper Deck, which has reportedly been repackaged and marketed as “Lorcana” by Ravensburger.
Upper Deck President, Jason Masherah, expressed his company’s deep-seated commitment to safeguarding the intellectual property rights of both the company and its licensors. “We invested significant time and resources to develop a new and novel trading card game,” said Masherah. “Our current leadership values the importance of protecting intellectual property.”
The lawsuit underscores the company’s commitment to ensuring a fair competitive environment in the gaming industry, and to enabling gamers to continue enjoying unique, innovative, and immersive card games. While Upper Deck welcomes competition, the company insists on adherence to industry rules and regulations.
“We encourage competition in the industry, but also strongly believe in playing by the rules to ensure the gaming community benefits from the different creative choices by each manufacturer,” added Masherah.
As the legal proceedings continue to unfold, fans and industry watchers will be keenly watching the outcome of this conflict, which could have far-reaching implications for the board game and trading card game industry.