Cryptozoic Partners With GameForge and Level Up! for worldwide HEX distribution

By Will Brinkman


Publishing Partnerships Extend Global Reach of HEX to Europe, Latin America and the Philippines

Irvine, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2013 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, developer and publisher of board and card games, today revealed strategic new partnerships with Germany-based Gameforge and Philippines-based Level Up! to expand the company's international reach and support for its wildly successful crowd-funded project, HEX: Shards of Fate. Gameforge and Level Up! will expand the world’s first Massively Mutiplayer Online Trading Card Game experience to Europe, Latin America and the Philippines.

"Our number one priority has always been to create the best possible experience for players regardless of where they live," said Cory Jones, president and chief creative officer, Cryptozoic Entertainment. "We’re extremely proud of the fact that HEX is one of the first multi-million dollar Kickstarter projects to successfully deliver playable product to our loyal backers and our partnerships with Gameforge and Level Up! will give us inroads to reach new players around the globe.”

HEX: Shards of Fate shattered its initial funding goal of $300,000 in less than one month, ultimately raising $2.27 million through Kickstarter, building an unprecedented following of loyal backers eager to get in on the collectible nature of the game ahead of launch. Created from the ground up as a digital trading card game, HEX: Shards of Fate breaks free from the restrictions that come from being shackled to physical trading cards. The unique digital format will allow for global tournaments where all HEX players around the world can participate and compete against each other, as well as regional tournaments created for local groups of players. International partnerships with experienced platform providers such as Gameforge and Level Up! will ensure these tournaments run smoothly and are stable immediately at launch, while expanding HEX's global reach, guaranteeing players around the world experience an unparalleled level of gameplay.

HEX: Shards of Fate combines the amazing community and storytelling aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with the compelling collectable and strategic game play of a trading card game (TCG) to create an entirely new gaming experience. HEX: Shards of Fate is currently in closed alpha for an elite group of Kickstarter backers.

To learn more about HEX: Shards of Fate and Cryptozoic’s vision, please visit the Kickstarter page at

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About Cryptozoic

Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, including the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, Food Fight and The Walking Dead™ Board Game. Following a philosophy and core principle of "Fans First," the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. For more information, please visit

About Gameforge

With an impressive portfolio of more than 20 titles and over 400 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) in the western hemisphere. The internationally active corporate group, based in Karlsruhe, offers its online games in more than 75 countries. Its portfolio includes client-based game worlds such as AION, TERA, Europe’s most successful MMOG Metin2, 4Story, Runes of Magic, Elsword, Wizard101, browser-based online games such as the popular classic OGame and the award-winning Ikariam as well as mobile games. The company employs more than 500 staff members. For more information please visit:

About Level Up!

Level Up! is the pioneering MMO publisher of the Philippines, Brazil and Spanish speaking Latin America. Level Up! has been bringing innovative content from Asia, Europe and the US to these emerging markets since 2002 and has an ever growing portfolio of content partners including Gravity, Nexon, Perfect World and Crytek. They are a strong proponent of eSports and hold some of the biggest online and live competitive gaming events in their regions. For more info, visit

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