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Candy Crush publisher resolves legal dispute with Banner Saga and CandySwipe

Candy Crush publisher resolves legal dispute with Banner Saga and CandySwipe

Candy Crush Saga studio King has resolved its legal disputes with both The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio, and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom. Statements released by both developers indicate that the trademarks for all three games have come to an end that lets them keep their trademarks.

Read more: "Enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks" »

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Candy Crush dev abandons attempt to trademark 'candy'

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Candy Crush dev abandons attempt to trademark 'candy'

King, developer and publisher of Candy Crush Saga, has abandoned its attempt to trademark the word "candy" when pertaining to video games. Since its attempt to own the commonly-used word, the company has come under attack for its attempt to block games from the App Store--notably, The Banner Saga.

Read more: King's statement »

"Facebook had it all over my timeline, people are more aware than usual with this one."
- megreedy    See all 10 comments


Candy Crush Saga dev filing for IPO

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Candy Crush Saga dev filing for IPO

As expected, the studio behind Candy Crush Saga plans on going public on the stock market. King Digital Entertainment has filed its initial IPO papers with the SEC and plans on raising up to $500 million in its initial public offering. The company earned $568 million in profit off revenue of $1.88 billion last year, largely due to the popularity of its jewel-swiping game.

Read more: Risk factors »

"Sadly, the idiots will never feel shame for the billions they've handed to these jackasses..."
- kwperley    See all 15 comments


King CEO apologizes for copycat game, but defends Candy and Saga trademarks

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King CEO apologizes for copycat game, but defends Candy and Saga trademarks

Candy Crush Saga developer recently received flak from the development community for their attempts to trademark the word candy and their efforts in hindering other developers, notably the developer of The Banner Saga, which has no relation to King's game other than having the word "saga" in its title. Adding even more fuel to the fire, a developer recently accused King of blatantly copying and stealing one of their games.

In a public letter, the company's CEO Riccardo Zacconi admitted they had done wrong. "The bottom line is that we should never have published Pac-Avoid," a game which had more-than-a-passing resemblance to Scamperghost. "We have taken the game down from our site, and we apologize for having published it in the first place."

Read more: Not stepping away from copyright battle »

"This feels like a good excuse to show off my Candy Jam game. ..."
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Candy Crush Saga dev opposes The Banner Saga trademark

Candy Crush Saga dev opposes The Banner Saga trademark

Candy Crush Saga developer King recently raised eyebrows by trademarking the word "candy," but the potential legal entanglement fun doesn't stop there. King has also apparently filed a "Notice of Opposition" with the US Patent and Trademark Office against Stoic's trademark for The Banner Saga.

Read more: Opposition based on "likelihood of confusion" »

"I hope the makers of Bejeweled etc games sue King to hell for copying their game. Banner Saga ..."
- Kolzig73    See all 15 comments


'Candy Jam' encourages developers to make games about candy

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'Candy Jam' encourages developers to make games about candy

We now live in a world where the word 'candy' is effectively trademarked, but not everyone is venturing into this brave new world quietly. An indie dev studio called Cariboo is holding a game jam specifically revolving around the now-verboten word in an effort to protest the trademark and also create some cool new games.

Read more: Using 'candy' gets you points! »

"Generic words like this are trademarked in a specific area... "
- mancide    See all 8 comments


Candy Crush Saga dev trademarks the word 'candy'

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Candy Crush Saga dev trademarks the word 'candy'

King, developer and publisher of Candy Crush Saga, has managed to trademark the word "candy" when pertaining to video games. Ever since King got its hands on the commonly-used word, it has sent notices to Apple regarding multiple games that use the word "candy" in their title.

The Candy Crush dev argues that games that use Candy in their title can increase "the likelihood of confusion" in games like All Candy Casino Slots. However, developer Benny Hsu says that the claim is "ridiculous."

Read more: How it even happened »

"yeah, when I stopped playing I was around 365 or so. didn't pay a dime or share on fb, just was ..."
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Candy Crush Saga: Dreamworld expansion adds new Moon Struck power

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Candy Crush Saga: Dreamworld expansion adds new Moon Struck power

Like it or not, Candy Crush Saga remains one of the biggest games around, with countless players clearing like-colored blocks on iOS, Android, and Facebook. Today, the game has been updated with a new expansion that adds a new wrinkle to the Bejeweled-inspired gameplay.

Read more: clear the screen »

"Any of the Puzzle Quest games, especially the latest Marvel Comics version, are so superior. ..."
- BlackKat13    See all 3 comments


Candy Crush dev exploring IPO

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Candy Crush dev exploring IPO

If there's one thing people love more than social games, it's investing in social game companies. Capitalizing on the runaway success of Candy Crush Saga, Midasplayer (aka King) is looking into going public and launching an IPO.

If you've logged into Facebook any time in the past few months, it's likely you've received an invitation to play Candy Crush Saga, currently the most popular game on the social network. The match-three game locks progression behind walls that can be bypassed through money or hassling friends.

Read more: But what about Zynga? »

"I was being facetious. What i mean is, there's no point in investing in another company that ..."
- vertdang    See all 16 comments



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