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 CandySwipe  maker admonishes King over trademark
CandySwipe maker admonishes King over trademark
February 12, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

February 12, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Indie developer Albert Ransom published an open letter to King today sardonically congratulating the developer of Candy Crush Saga on its success and alleging that the company is fighting to cancel Ransom's trademark on his own game, CandySwipe, which predates Candy Crush Saga.

Ransom claims he has been quietly contesting King's trademarks on Candy Crush Saga in court since King registered them in 2012, on the grounds that it was likely to be confused with Ransom's own game, CandySwipe, which was released two years before Saga and appears nearly identical.

Ransom also claims King purchased the trademark for Candy Crusher, a mobile game released in 2009, for the express purpose of attempting to cancel Ransom's trademark on CandySwipe and thus extricate itself from the long-running legal battle.

"Your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me," Ransom writes, before further admonishing King for attempting to quash his attempts to protect his own IP. "I myself was only trying to protect my hard work."

If true, Ransom's allegations directly contradict many of King's prior statements, especially those given in the wake of the Pac-Avoid cloning scandal. To wit: "We [King] are respectful of the rights and IP of other developers. Before we launch any game, we do a thorough search of other games in the marketplace, as well as a review of trademark filings, to ensure that we are not infringing anyone elseís IP."

Gamasutra has reached out to King for comment on Ransom's letter, and will update the story with any meaningful response.


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Steven Christian
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King sinks deeper into the hole they've dug for themselves.

Not that they care, their hole is full of gold..

Bob Charone
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... until they they give most of it away in settlement without admitting wrong doing.

Alan Boody
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"Gamasutra has reached out to King for comment on Ransom's letter, and will update the story with any meaningful response."

This line was just funny with the 'any meaningful response'. It's going to be the same corporate jargon slapped together by their PR team, if anything.

Alan Boody
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This needs to be on the front page of all gaming websites as a featured headline for a bit. The only way this crap is going to stop is people stop brushing it aside as old news the next day. I hope someone, perhaps Gamasutra?, will rise up and expose King (and others like King) for the incredibly unethical company they are.

Alan Boody
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Wow:

http://www.candyswipe.com/ccs.pdf

King just whole sale ripped off Candyswipe...

Kevin Fishburne
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Nice find. Blew my skirt up, and I'm wearing two pairs of jeans. Just...damn.

Alan Boody
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Does anyone even have any information on the Candy Crusher game?

Alan Boody
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So, I found out more about Candy Crusher (pain to find any info and even images for). It was a game released on Blackberry that featured columns style game-play. Basically, King bought the trademark for a game that featured a different game mechanic than both Candy Crush Saga and Candyswipe. Now, they're using that to invalidate Runsome's trademark for a game that came out and was trademarked before Candy Crush Saga.

R. Hunter Gough
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He should sue them for...

A KING'S RANSOM

(sorry.)

Torben Jorba
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I'm wondering why they are going this route. It looks bad and makes no sense. Give everybody the trademark they want, you keep yours, everybody is fine. Look at sports, food and dress companies, there are so many similar names, but different logos, different markets etc. Thats the reason you NEVER ever use common words. The times of "Apple" and "Windows" are quite over - if you are not willing to act like a drunk elephant in a swiss porcelain shop.

"Honourable Merchants" rules seem not to apply to people with "domination" agendas. I would settle this things as quickly as possible, this can only get worse. Its not like they don't have the money.

Zach Grant
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Find me a large casual games house that hasn't ripped off another game, and I'll hand you a turd polished into a diamond. It's just part of the that industry.

Denying publicly you don't rip games off is where you make yourself look bad. Popcap was making the same claim as King a couple years ago, even though several of their games are clones.


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