They're going after some game called The Banner Saga right now. Which is pretty ridiculous since that game has jack to do with their Candy Crush junk but you know, it used the word "Saga" so it's clearly trying to rip them off or something.
I know a pair of Chicago developers working on a game called Dog Sled Saga that are a bit concerned. Although one of them did mention that the publicity from being attacked by King might be worth it...
In closing, everyone who has played or does play any of that Candy Crush junk should be ashamed of themselves.
Around / After Christmas, I was seeing 2 or 3 KING! commercials in each break. All of their games end with "Saga," so thats "kinda their thing now," which I get.. But Saga is a word, haha. But really, is there any SAGA?
This word is losing all meaning. SAGA. SAGA. SAGA. SAGA SAGA. SAGA.
You forgot to mention the best part: The Candy Jam! I thought about making a Candy Jam thread on here. I want to see a bunch of people on here making Candy games! My Global Game Jam team and I are gonna try to see if we can make whatever the GGJ theme is work with candy somehow.
King is being completely ridiculous. I could understand them trademarking "Candy Crush" or "Candy Crush Saga", but trademarking any one of those words by itself is abhorrent. The gaming industry just finally got free from Tim Langdell's shitty trademarking of the word "edge", and now King is trying to pull this shit.
Getting rid of people copying them I get (but their game is basically a copy of Jewel Quest/Bejeweled, so whatever), but The Banner Saga is a tactical RPG. I don't think people would confuse it with a crappy match-three littered with micro-transactions.
I did play Candy Crush for a while because my wife played it. I got it so we could play through it together. Around the same time (we'd both been playing for a couple of weeks), both of us realized that it's not really anything special and we removed it from our phones. After reading this news, I went on Google Play and left a rather scathing, but truthful, review.
I wish Square would sue them off the face of the planet. The SaGa series has been around a lot longer than King.com has, and it's at least original. King.com has never 1. made an original game, and 2. made a game without Saga at the end of it...do they even know what saga means? Probably doesn't apply to crappy clones of puzzle games.
I'm no legal expert, but I don't think trademarks are retroactive anyway. Even if they were granted those, I don't think they can use that to impact products that were already released. Yeah, whoever made it probably can't have a Banner Saga 2, but the first should legally be left alone. Apple's probably just bending over for them because they make Apple more money than everyone else involved in this mess put together.