When Candy Crush maker King went on a rampage earlier this year to secure trademark rights for the mere word ‘candy,’ one of the developers caught in its crosshair was Stoic Studio, developer of The Banner Saga.
While Stoic’s game had little to do with candies, it did share the word banner, a word which King had already trademarked. For reasons unknown, King thought it a threat to its popular mobile title.
In January of this year, Stoic filed a legal case against King, accusing the Candy Crush developer of hindering the development of The Banner Saga. In reply King said that it was not trying to stop the game from using the similar name, but simply “taking appropriate steps to protect our IP, both now and in the future.”
More than three months down the line, both King and Stoic have come to a settlement.
“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,” the developer wrote on its website.
Alongside Stoic, there was another case of CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, who previously accused King of stealing his work. He too settled matters with King.
“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 counterclaim against mine,” he wrote. “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.”
King on the other hand declined to comment on the story, which for me spells out that it isn’t happy settling matters with so many developers.