I Can't Believe They Are Doing This, It's Disgusting.
13th February 2014
Imagine that you've slaved away at developing an app in memory of
your mother. But then a big company came along, made almost an exact
replica, and squashed yours into almost non-existence. Well this is
exactly what happened to Albert Ransom, the man behind CandySwipe.
After years of battling the giant company that wronged him, Albert
sent an open letter to Candy Crush Saga, which he then posted online for
all to see.
ant company that wronged him, Albert sent an open letter to Candy
Crush Saga, which he then posted online for all to see. ...
Open letter to King.com who wants to cancel the registration of the
Congratulations! You win! I created my game CandySwipe in memory of
my late mother who passed away at an early age of 62 of leukemia. I
released CandySwipe in 2010 five months after she passed and I made it
because she always liked these sorts of games. In fact, if you beat the
full version of the android game, you will still get the message saying
"...the game was made in memory of my mother, Layla..." I created this
game for warmhearted people like her and to help support my family, wife
and two boys 10 and 4. Two years after I released CandySwipe, you
released Candy Crush Saga on mobile; the app icon, candy pieces, and
even the rewarding, "Sweet!" are nearly identical.
So much so, that I have hundreds of
instances of actual confusion from users who think CandySwipe is Candy
Crush Saga, or that CandySwipe is a Candy Crush Saga knockoff. So when
you attempted to register your trademark in 2012, I opposed it for
"likelihood of confusion" (which is within my legal right) given I filed
for my registered trademark back in 2010 (two years before Candy Crush
Saga existed). Now, after quietly battling this trademark opposition for
a year, I have learned that you now want to cancel my CandySwipe
trademark so that I don't have the right to use my own game's name. You
are able to do this because only within the last month you purchased the
rights to a game named Candy Crusher (which is nothing like CandySwipe
or even Candy Crush Saga). 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.
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
I myself was only trying to protect my
I wanted to take this moment to write
you this letter so that you know who I am. Because I now know exactly
what you are. Congratulations on your success!
President (Founder), Runsome Apps Inc.