Stoic “Won’t Make a Viking Saga Without the Word Saga”
King.com (Candy Crush Saga) somehow managed to successfully trademark the word “Candy,” but if they want “Saga” they’re going to have to go through Stoic Studio.
King filed legal opposition to Stoic’s trademark filing of The Banner Saga earlier this week, claiming it infringes on the Candy Crush Saga brand. Stoic issued their response via a statement on The Banner Saga blog (emphasis added):
Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so we’re making another one. We won’t make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don’t appreciate anyone telling us we can’t.
King.com claims they’re not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains.
We’re humbled by the outpouring of support and honored to have others stand with us for the right to their own Saga. We just want to make great games.
Fight the good fight, Stoic. And hey, PopCap, how about filing legal opposition to Candy Crush because it’s a ripoff of Bejeweled? It evidently wouldn’t be the first time King.com cloned another game.
If you want to show King.com just how ridiculous the trademarking of common words is, get involved in the Candy Jam. It’s a game jam launched in honor of King.com and tasks creators with making games featuring candy and using the word “candy” as many times as possible. Sweet.