Candy Crush Makers Settle Dispute with CandySwipe Dev
After about a year after King started the trademark battle over the words “candy” and “saga,” the creators of Candy Crush Saga have finally settled their dispute with the creator of CandySwipe.
According to an article on Eurogamer, the legal battles between King, the company behind the popular game, Candy Crush Saga, and Albert Ransom, creator of CandySwipe, are finally over. It seems as if the two companies have come to an amicable agreement after a year of legal battles. This comes after King also settled their battle with Stoic, the developers The Banner Saga.
On Apr. 16, Ransom posted the following statement on the official CandySwipe website:
“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. 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.”
Stoic released a similar statement on Mar. 22, which said, “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.”
For about a year, King actually had an application to trademark the word “Candy” in the United States. The developer filed for the trademark in Feb. 2013 but withdrew it on Feb. 24, 2014. The reason the company wanted to trademark the term “Candy” was to protect their intellectual property in the US, but even though they’ve withdrawn the application, they still have a EU trademark for the word.
The company plans to “regularly develop new games” with the aim of “encouraging the purchase of virtual items” regardless of trademark, so we can look forward to seeing more freemium games like Candy Crush Saga.
Eurogamer has also reported that ZeptoLab, the developers of Cut the Rope, have taken issue with King over its bid for trademarks over common words like “Candy,” since candy is used prominently in Cut the Rope. We’ll keep you updated on any news that might arise out of this situation.