CandySwipe developer published an open letter to King.com, the publisher of Candy Crush Saga. Since his game existed way before the Crushing Saga did, Albert Ransom is sick of King.com’s legal moves.
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Albert Ransom tried to be a nice guy and was dealing with King.com for a while now, due to King wanting to cancel the registration of the CandySwipe trademark. In the open letter, Ransom stated how he created CandySwipe in a memory of his mother who always liked these type of games. He filed for registered trademark in 2010 and released the game some four months before Candy Crush became available.
Ransom tried to oppose King’s infamous trademark for “likelihood of confusion” as King attempted to cancel his right to use his game’s name. While Albert was dealing with it in a fair way, King done quite the opposite. The company went and purchased the rights to the game called Candy Crusher. Ransom finally gave up, seeing how unfair the world can be when money is more powerful than a truth.
"I have spent over three years working on this game as an independent app developer," Ransom wrote. "I learned how to code on my own after my mother passed and CandySwipe was my first and most successful game; it's my livelihood, and you are now attempting to take that away from me. You have taken away the possibility of CandySwipe blossoming into what it has the potential of becoming. I have been quiet, not to exploit the situation, hoping that both sides could agree on a peaceful resolution. However, your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me."
Is this going to be the Cloning Wars Saga? There was much talk of King.com when its trademark was successful, and only few days ago we have witnessed what negative feedback when Nguyen took Flappy Bird off. I am going to install and play CandySwipe before it has been taken off. Funny that this game received mostly negative reviews, while Candy Crush Saga was praised around the globe. Ransom pointed out the confusion between 2 titles, the whole letter and links can be found on CandySwipe website. If you look at both games, it’s obvious why Albert Ransom thinks that users could be confused.
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