Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), today announced a new business deal signed with UK developer Stainless Games, Ltd. following the success of Magic: The Gathering â€“ Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
â€œWe are thrilled with the work that Stainless Games has done on Duels of the Planeswalkers and look forward to our future endeavors,â€ said Simon Blackwell, VP of Digital Games at Wizards of the Coast.
“Stainless is delighted to be continuing and extending our relationship with Wizards of the Coast,â€ said Patrick Buckland, CEO of Stainless Games. â€œThere can be few properties anywhere in the world that can compete with those within the Wizards stable. Being able to be a big part of the push to bring these fantastic brands into the digital domain is a dream come true for us.”
Duels of the Planeswalkers continues to be one of the most downloaded games on Xbox LIVE Arcade, and has been a consistent Top 10 title since its launch in June 2009. Duels of the Planeswalkers lets players simulate the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game through an interactive digital experience. Players take on the role of a Planeswalker, a powerful wizard who battles others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Each Planeswalker has an arsenal of spells and creatures showcased by virtual cards. Players can either choose to battle against the computer or compete online against real life opponents using Microsoftâ€™s Xbox LIVE service offerings.
About Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering is the first and most widely played trading card game. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers â€“ powerful mages who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Their weapons include spells, creatures, and artifacts gathered from a vast multiverse of unique fantasy worlds. With over 10,000 different cards available, Magic offers an unrivaled depth of game play with many levels of choice and customization for its players. The cards feature unique illustrations by top fantasy artists inspired by familiar elements of myth and legend. These elements weave together to provide a strategically rich and satisfying game play experience.
Wizards of the Coast is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, MAGIC: THE GATHERINGÂ®, among many other trading card games and family card and board games.Â Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as DUNGEONS & DRAGONSÂ®, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers.Â For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at www.wizards.com.
About Stainless Games
Stainless Games is a privately owned company based on the South Coast of the UK. Although best known for the creation of the multi-million selling Carmageddon franchise, the company has most recently become recognized as one of the worldâ€™s leading companies in the burgeoning Console Download market. For more information visit the Stainless Games website at www.stainlessgames.com.