King.com Drops Opposition to The Banner Saga, Candyswipe
You may remember back in January when the Candy Crush developer filed a trademark for “Candy” and challenged the trademark for “Saga”. The dispute certainly made noise among mobile game developers, as well as the IGDA which called their tactics “predatory” and “overreaching”.
But now, King.com had decided to cease its trademark claim after an agreement with Runsome Apps, the developer of Candy Swipe and Stoic Studios, the developer of The Banner Saga.
“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 counter claim against mine,” Runsome Apps founder Albert Ransom stated. “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 Studios posted a similar statement on their website that an agreement with King.com has been reached. “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,” posted Myll_Erik.
What’s the agreement? Who knows. King.com didn’t appear to have a strong case if they were trying to copyright “candy” and “saga”. In this writers opinion, it screams settlement and opens the doors to future frivolous patent challenges.