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Upper Deck Is Suing Ravensburger and Ryan Miller over Disney Lorcana

by W. Eric Martin

Upper Deck, which is located in Carlsbad, California, is filing suit against Ravensburger and a former Upper Deck game designer “for stealing and copying Upper Deck’s original game which Ravensburger repackaged and marketed as Lorcana“.

From the press release announcing this action:

“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,” said Upper Deck President Jason Masherah.

“We want gamers and fans to continue enjoying and having access to unique, innovative and immersive trading card games,” added Masherah. “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.”

Upper Deck plans to file suit in San Diego against the game designer for “breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud” and against Ravensburger for “unfair business practices”.

The designer isn’t named in the press release, but the complaint filed by Upper Deck names Ryan Miller, who has had three designs published by Upper Deck: Dread Draw and Pack of Lies in 2017, and Aliens: Bug Hunt in 2020.

Regarding the “new and novel trading card game” mention in the press release, a representative for Upper Deck tells me, “We are referring to a design developed internally that we are still working on and intend to release.”

Sample card from Disney Lorcana

Update — Friday, June 9, 2023: Lisa Krueger, Sr. Communications Director at Ravensburger North America, has issued the following statement in regard to the suit and claims from Upper Deck Entertainment:

We at Ravensburger stand behind the integrity of our team and the originality of our products. The baseless claims filed this week are entirely without merit, and we look forward to proving this in due time. In the meantime, our focus continues to be on developing and launching a fantastic game in August.

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