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Activision Buys Candy Crash Firm King.Com For $5.9Bn

That is... quite a lot of money. $1.9 billion more than Disney paid for Star Wars. $3.4 billion more than Microsoft paid for Minecraft. $3.9 billion more than Facebook paid for Oculus. $5.15 billion more than EA paid for PopCap. Hell, even if you just succumb to temptation and round the $5.9 billion (or approximately £3.8 billion/€5.4 billion) Activision Blizzard just paid to acquire King.com…

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The Saga Continues: King Abandons ‘Candy’ TM In US

Well, this is a start, I suppose. A slow, lurching start akin to that of a belligerent old truck running on stagnant fuel and wildly outdated business practices, but it's still something. The long and short of it? Notorious Banner Saga pursuer King doesn't want to own the word "candy" anymore. In the US. In EU territories? Well, that's a different story. And it hasn't announced…

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Feature: When life hands you lemon bonbons

What To Play Instead Of Candy Crush Saga

So, it's fairly widely believed that King, creators of Candy Crush Saga, don't seem a very lovely lot. In fact, last week brought news of some alleged actions that are deeply unsavoury (geddit?), as the creator of CandySwipe revealed the extent to which King are apparently going to make his game - made in tribute to his late mother - go away. A game that,…

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Flash Developer Alleges King “Cloned” Their Game

Update 2: And there's now a statement from King.com on the subject, also at the end of the post. Update: There's now a response from Matthew Cox (Junkyard Sam) at the end of the post. This story is starting to turn into a saga in its own right. A developer is now alleging that the increasingly infamous Candy Crush Saga-creator King.com copied the design of…

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Feature: Stoic In The Face Of A Crushing

The Candy Crush Banner Saga Saga: Stoic Speaks Up

This afternoon King - owners of Candy Crush Saga and an ever-increasing percentage of the dictionary - issued a statement defending their actions regarding the news that they had filed an opposition to Stoic's attempts to trademark "The Banner Saga". A defence that seems odd in the face of what's actually happening. Especially as they're arguably attempting to assert a trademark they don't actually have.…

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Feature: The Saga Saga

King ARE Trying To Candy-Crush The Banner Saga

Yesterday the internet was alive with the news about King, owners of Candy Crush Saga, their trademarking of the word "Candy", and their ensuing threats to other developers who are using the word in their game titles. The response from King was to flap their eyelashes and protest innocence - they were only defending the Earth against evil, not liberally chasing anyone and everyone. About…

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Feature: The King Is Dead To Us

Stealing ‘Candy’ From Babies: King Embrace The Aristocracy

While the joys of Candy Crush Saga have only reached the PC in the form of a Facebook app, the implications of one of the worst decisions by the US trademark office affect developers on all platforms. They have, as of last week, decided it's perfectly reasonable for owners King to trademark the word "candy". And they're trying to get "saga" too. So it is…

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Slow News Thursday

Not exactly the hottest day for gaming news. So for your entertainment, here are some of today's least essential PC gaming stories: Out From The Cold With remarkable timing, the recent revived Microïds have launched a website for the Syberia series of games. That would be Syberia from 2002 (a surprisingly decent point and click adventure) and Syberia II from 2004 (a surprisingly tedious point…

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