Candy Crush Saga gets trolled by Smartasses

22.01.2014

 

Candy Crush Is Getting Trolled By Smartass Games

 

​Candy Crush Is Getting Trolled By Smartass Games

Yesterday we learned that King.com, makers of the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga, had submitted a trademark application for the word "Candy" that would block other game-makers from using it in their game titles. This has struck more than a few people as more than a bit ridiculous, and some people are responding with enjoyable creativity.

Today, indie developers uuav and Cariboustarted "The Candy Jam," a game jam that challenges entrants to make a game—any game!—involving candies. "Consider using the word 'Candy' several times," suggeststhe Candy Jam website. "Also 'scroll,' 'memory,' 'saga' and 'apple' might give bonus points."

Why make a jam like this? As the Candy Jam site puts it, "because trademarking common names is ridiculous and because it gives us an occasion to make another game jam."

The #candyjam hashtag has already become an enjoyable place on Twitter, and plenty of game-makers have offered support for the idea and say they're making games. There's already one entrant, a game (appropriately) calledCandyCandyCandy.

I don't know about you, but this whole thing is making me want to go play Candy Box.

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arthurtheking 22.01.2014 в 04:30

Candy Crush SagaMakers Go AfterThe Banner Saga. For Real.

Candy Crush Saga  Makers Go After The Banner Saga. For Real.

Sad giant viking is sad.

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Not content with trying to own the word"Candy", King.com, the makers of Candy Crush Saga, also want to own the word "Saga". So they've have taken legal action against strategy game The Banner Saga.

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On December 27, 2013, King.com filed a "Notice of Opposition" with the US Patent and Trademark Office. It says that because King has 13 trademarks with the word "saga" in them, Stoic's colourful strategy game isn't allowed to use the word.

As part of the filing, King allege the following. And I promise you, this is a real document, not a joke.

The "Applicant" is Stoic, who were applying for a trademark on The Banner Saga. A turn-based strategy game with a rich RPG element and nordic inspiration. The "Opposer" is King.com. Who make some puzzle games with candy in them.

Candy Crush Saga  Makers Go After The Banner Saga. For Real.

Candy Crush Saga  Makers Go After The Banner Saga. For Real.

"Deceptively similar"? What planet are these people from?

This is what The Banner Saga looks like.

And this is what Candy Crush Saga looks like.

King.com aren't seeking money. They "just" want Stoic's application for a trademark on The Banner Saga to be refused (which would force the developers to change the game's name).

We contacted Stoic, but they're unable to comment about legal matters. We also contacted King.com, and will update if we hear back.

I've seen some stupid legal actions in my time here, but this one takes the stupid cake.

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