King.com settles trademark dispute with 2 indie developers
King.com, the company behind Candy Crush Saga, has resolved a trademark dispute with the developers behind independent games like The Banner Saga and CandySwipe.
King.com initially attempted to block Stoic from trademarkign the title of its new game The Banner Saga and the creator of a game called CandySwipe publicly fought with King over the “candy” trademark. Both developers have now said that the disputes are amicably resolved.
“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,” stated Stoic community director Lance James.
King.com’s spokeswoman Susannah Clark said that the company had to oppose the trademarks of the smaller companies to prevent a precedent for potential trademark battles from being set in the future. King.com does not have any formal policy about hypothetical battles other than to “protect our IP and respect the IP of others.”
Stoic will be able to trademark “The Banner Saga,” but King.com’s trademarks on “saga” will not be affected. King.com has built games like Candy Crush Saga, Papa Pear Saga, and Bubble Witch Saga. Two months ago, King.com dropped an attempt to trademark the word “candy” in the U.S. King.com holds the trademark in the E.U. though.