The developer of an independent game similar to the popular Candy Crush Saga has penned an open letter for the world to in regards to the game developer King.com, Ltd. filing a trademark opposition against the CandySwipe creator, Albert Ransom.
In the letter, Ransom makes note of the fact that CandySwipe, which has been around since 2010, was created as a tribute to his late mother who passed away from Leukemia. Now, Ransom mentions, the King.com, Ltd. is attempting to dispute his use of the name to his own game which had a trademark filed in 2010, two years before Candy Crush.
I have spent over three years working on this game as an independent app developer. 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.
This also contradicts your recent quote by Riccardo in “An open letter on intellectual property” posted on your website which states, “We believe in a thriving game development community, and believe that good game developers – both small and large – have every right to protect the hard work they do and the games they create.”
“Good for you, you win. I hope you’re happy taking the food out of my family’s mouth when CandySwipe clearly existed well before Candy Crush Saga.”
You can read the full letter on the next page.