Chinese card game creator sued in U.S. court for copyright infringement

By Min Wu

The role-playing card game “Legends of the Three Kingdoms,” also known as “San Guo Sha,” has been popular in China and is also being distributed in the U.S. However, according to the Italian publisher of the “Bang!” card game, “San Guo Sha” is a blatant copy of “Bang!”, though the Chinese game is set in ancient China instead of the Wild West.

According to Bloomberg Law, the Italian publisher sued the creator of “San Guo Sha” and its U.S. distributor in the Southern District of Texas for copyright infringement. However, even if the Italian publisher prevails on the merit of the case, enforcement of a foreign judgment in China will be a difficult issue.