In an interesting development to the ongoing Candy Crush Saga nonsense, indie developer Albert Ransom has accused casual mobile games publisher King of IP theft after the latter applied for a cancellation of the former’s trademark.
The twist is that Ransom’s CandySwipe was released a full two years before Candy Crush stormed the market. The developer offered up a detailed list – a PDF over 150 pages long – of striking similarities between the two properties.
He wrote a rational and scathing open letter about the entire debacle.
“Two years after I released CandySwipe, you released Candy Crush Saga on mobile; the app icon, candy pieces, and even the rewarding, “Sweet!” are nearly identical. So much so, that I have hundreds of instances of actual confusion from users who think CandySwipe is Candy Crush Saga, or that CandySwipe is a Candy Crush Saga knockoff. So when you attempted to register your trademark in 2012, I opposed it for ‘likelihood of confusion’ (which is within my legal right) given I filed for my registered trademark back in 2010 (two years before Candy Crush Saga existed).”
Even so, Ransom may have to change the name of his own game as King has apparently found a way to circumvent the allegations.
“Now, after quietly battling this trademark opposition for a year, I have learned that you now want to cancel my CandySwipe trademark so that I don’t have the right to use my own game’s name. You are able to do this because only within the last month you purchased the rights to a game named Candy Crusher (which is nothing like CandySwipe or even Candy Crush Saga). Good for you, you win.”
Ransom’s game was made in memory of his mother who passed away from leukemia.