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.
"Stoic is pleased to have come to an agreement with King regarding Stoic's The Banner Saga trademark, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks now and in the future," read a statement from Stoic (via Polygon).
Ransom, meanwhile, had previously been very critical of King, writing a harsh open letter accusing the publisher of shady practices and attempting to take his trademark. In an update, he was much more mild.
"I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they are withdrawing their counterclaim against mine," Ransom wrote. "I have learned that they picked the Candy Crush name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away. Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players."
King has seen some backlash over its trademark filings, as some players felt that trademarking candy was a broad overreach. Developers playfully responded with a Candy Jam to make candy-based games, but the publisher then attracted more ire by opposing The Banner Saga. For its part, King stated it wasn't trying to stop Banner Saga from using its name, but had to oppose it to have legal standing against more blatant copycats.
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Candy Crush publisher King has resolved its legal disputes with both Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, according to both devs.
King is still on my shit list.