December 6, 2020

KARDS – World Championship 2020

Over the past six months, more than 1,000 players from around the globe have battled to reach the finals for a chance to compete for the title of the KARDS World Champion and for part of the $10,000 prize pool.

The four best players were ready to battle it out in a virtual final orchestrated from at the KARDS Headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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June 30, 2020

Theaters of War – The campaign-mode expansion

Large-scale reinforcements have arrived in KARDS with Theaters of War, adding massive single-player content.

The Theaters of War update brings five single-player campaigns to the game, each representing some of the most iconic battles of the era. The update includes 40 unique new cards that unlock as players complete the campaigns, delivering further depth and strategic gameplay. 

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May 6, 2020

KARDS – The WWII Card Game Review

Published in Screenrant

While other online card games lean heavily into fantasy, KARDS - The WWII Card Game goes in the opposite direction with some interesting results.

It's no secret that developers have learned the potency of the online card game genre over the last few years. It doesn't take an industry analyst to realize that there are a lot of people playing games like Magic Arena and Hearthstone, to say nothing of the ringing endorsement that Riot Games gave to the burgeoning archetype with its development of Legends of Runeterra. With so many massive companies competing in such a small (for now) space, how does a studio set its own spin on the genre apart from all the rest?

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April 23, 2020

1939 Games secures further $1.9M funding in its latest investment round

Developer's Second World War-themed digital card game Kards now boasts over 100,000 weekly active users.

“This further round of funding is a reflection of the incredible success that KARDS has enjoyed since it first launched into Early Access a year ago.“ said Ivar Kristjansson, CEO 1939 Games. “This new investment enables us to continue delivering an amazing experience to our loyal fanbase in the form of even more cards and play modes as well as the mobile version that we anticipate to be a real game-changer.”

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April 16, 2020

KARDS – A new, free CCG based on the Second World War

The WW2 digital card game went live on Steam today after a year in Early Access.

Most CCGs—Hearthstone, Gwent, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Legends of Runeterra, Artifact—are fantasy-based affairs, filled with medieval weapons, magical spells, and weird monsters as far as the eye can see. Kards, which went into full release on Steam today after a year in Early Access today, departs from that tradition by basing its factions, units, and abilities on the Second World War.

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April 15, 2020

KARDS marches out of Early Access

Engage in open PvP warfare against players from around the globe in the WWII themed CCG from 1939 Games.

April 15th 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland - Following 12 months in Early Access and thousands of hours of battle-hardened playtesting, developer 1939 Games today announced that it has officially launched its WWII Digital collectable card game (CCG) KARDS . Providing a battlefield away from the typical high-fantasy setting of many CCG’s, KARDS enables its players to command a diverse range of units from seven of the major Second World War Powers. Players construct their decks from historically accurate infantry, tanks, artillery and aircraft which are then brought to life through period-appropriate art, sound effects and music designed to appeal to CCG fans and history buffs alike.

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April 26, 2019

1939 Games receives $3.6m investment

Tencent, Sisu Game Ventures, and Crowberry Capital lead funding

Icelandic developer 1939 Games today announced it has raised $3.6 million for its digital collectable card game, Kards.
Along with government grants, funding came from Tencent, Sisu Game Ventures, and Crowberry Capital.

Kards is a free-to-play World War II-themed cross-platform collectable card game for PC and mobile, set to release later this year.

1939 Games is led CCP co-founder and former CEO Ívar Kristjánsson. He is joined by his brother, co-founder and lead designer Guðmundur Kristjánsson who worked as a project lead on EVE Online for nearly 13 years, along with fellow CCP alumni, senior game designer Hrafnkell Smári Óskarsson.

"This funding enables the team at 1939 Games to continue to deliver our vision of creating a high-quality, historically accurate World War II-themed digital collectable card game," said CEO Ívar Kristjánsson.

"Kards fuses our two passions of WWII and collectable card games, and we continually strive to deliver a historically accurate experience that will delight CCG fans as well as WWII aficionados."

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April 18, 2019

Life after EVE Online: From intergalactic warfare to “elegant, cosy” card games

CCP Games co-founder Ívar Kristjánsson talks starting a new studio with his brother to fill a niche in the digital card game market

Since first launching 16 years ago, EVE Online has made a name for itself as a game which pushed the boundaries of what a game can be.
Known for its massive wars, complex political and social structures, in-game heists, grand betrayals and elaborate revenge plots, EVE Online ignites unparalleled enthusiasm from its dedicated audience.
When CCP Games co-founder and CEO Ívar Kristjánsson announced his departure from the studio around four years ago, there was a certain anticipation that something special must be in the works.

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