Earlier this year, game developer King became the focal point of a heated controversy when the studio trademarked “Candy” to protect the assets of its monstrous hit, Candy Crush Saga, and caught several other games/development studios in the crossfire, most notably Stoic Games and their recently-released The Banner Saga.
Since then, Stoic Games and Albert Ransom, developer of CandySwipe – another title caught in the King controversy crossfire, have both release statements regarding the trademark that officially show that the studios have reached a settlement with King on the trademark issues. Thankfully, the agreement means that each of these games can coexist in release, without infringing on King’s “Candy” trademark.
Stoic Games released a statement last month that confirmed an agreement being reached between the studio and King, after a heated back-and-forth occurred with Stoic trying to trademark The Banner Saga but coming under fire from King’s trademark and the usage of “Saga” in the title. Luckily, both studios have “come to an agreement,” with both Candy Crush Saga and The Banner Saga able to “protect their respective trademarks now and in the future.”
Likewise, CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom published a statement in the King dispute that the studio has also reached an agreement with King on the usage of “Candy” in the title:
“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.”