Candy Crush studio denies stealing indie dev's game

"King does not clone other peoples' games," spokesperson says; accused clone Pac-Avoid taken down.

Candy Crush developer King did not steal a Pac-Man style game from independent developer Stolen Goose in 2009, a representative for the studio told Polygon. However, "for the avoidance of doubt," King has taken down the game in question, Pac-Avoid, which Stolen Goose says is a deliberate copy of its own game, Scamperghost.

"King does not clone other peoples' games," a King representative said. "King believes that IP--both our own IP and that of others--is important and should be properly protected. Like any prudent company, we take all appropriate steps to protect our IP in a sensible and fair way. At the same time, we are respectful of the rights and IP of other developers."

"Before we launch any game, we do a thorough search of other games in the marketplace, as well as a review of trademark filings, to ensure that we are not infringing anyone else's IP," the spokesperson added. "However, for the avoidance of doubt, in this case, this game--which was coded by a third party developer 5 years ago--has been taken down."

King's statement comes after Stolen Goose developer Matthew Cox last week accused King of copying Scamperghost in 2009. At the time, Cox met with King to discuss a possible licensing arragement, but before the deal was closed (and, importantly, before contracts were signed, he says), website MaxGames.com made a better offer. After this meeting, Cox claimed King "retaliated" against the two-man Stolen Goose by making a "direct clone" of Scamperghost and releasing the game, Pac-Avoid, so quickly that it nearly beat Scamperghost to market.

This isn't the only bit of controversy King has found itself involved with recently. Last week, it was revealed that King filed a notice of opposition against Stoic Studios' The Banner Saga, claiming that The Banner Saga is "confusingly and deceptively similar" to Candy Crush Saga. The company says it filed the notice as a means to fend off copycats and is not trying to stop The Banner Saga. Stoic Studios has vowed to fight.

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CoolCamel616
CoolCamel616

This is so ridiculous its almost silly. Can't see how this is legal but w/e. Also, King should hire a new PR company and maybe not be so blatant if they want to do scumbag stuff like this.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hypocritical piece of shit.  If you didn't steal it, you wouldn't be taking it down.

Jasurim
Jasurim

How can they say that with a  straight face?

bijwmoc
bijwmoc

Rovio, check.

King, check.

Which other popular phone developers haven't had their ripoffs found out yet?

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

King is, hands down, one of the biggest scum-bag developers out there right now. My best hope for them is that EAs shitty social gaming label buys them out and runs them into the ground like they usually do.

Beagle050
Beagle050

This is of course laughable, because the entire social gaming genre is a collection of rip-offs.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

"King does not clone other peoples' games,"

What a blatant load of complete and utter bullsh*t.

Jaxith
Jaxith

I don't think there's any way to make "We're not doing anything bad but we're removing the evidence anyway because X" sound any less shady than it already does...  Claiming that it's for "avoidance of doubt" doesn't make it any less dubious, and really does kind of make it sound worse; particularly if people stop and wonder how removing a game that's not stolen is supposed to remove or avoid doubt.

Altazen
Altazen

"However, for the avoidance of doubt....."

yeah right, more like "oh shit we're busted"

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Hey, those guys blatantly copied the game that we rightfully stole from Pac-Man.

How dare they?!


(that's right, I copied my  own quote, without permission)

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

LoL, Bejeweled...Or Columns.... C'mon you f*cking morons, close your mouths, there's too much diarrhoea coming out of them!

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

This company is fucking scum.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Uh-huh. And Candy Crush isn't a clone of Bejeweled, which isn't a clone of Sega's Columns game on the Sega Genesis.

Social Gaming: where most of the games are familiar because you most likely already played it.

StHapns247
StHapns247

Nothing says "I'm right" quite like giving in and taking the game down.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"Before we launch any game, we do a thorough search of other games in the marketplace, as well as a review of trademark filings, to ensure that we are not infringing anyone else's IP,"

Yes, because when you release a game called "PAC-whatever" and it implies the presence colored ghosts you CERTAINLY are worried about that...

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

""King does not clone other peoples' games," a King representative said. "King believes that IP--both our own IP and that of others--is important and should be properly protected. Like any prudent company, we take all appropriate steps to protect our IP in a sensible and fair way. At the same time, we are respectful of the rights and IP of other developers.""


yes, any representative of King is trustworthy  /sarcasm

Zeraqis
Zeraqis

King : "We did not steal Bejeweled and make Candy Crush Saga and we did not steal Peggle and make Papa Pear Saga. Please stop stealing my Candy."

Riddick123
Riddick123

Both games look about as fun as watching paint dry.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Ummmmm isn't it like the pot calling the kettle black??? Scamperghost is a rip off of Pacman! WTF?

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

The very use of the word "Pac" is a blatant attempt to cash in on a pre-existing brand (Pac-Man) according to Kings very ideology on IP protection, so... yea but... no.  Even if this wasn't a copy of Scamperghost (which it probably is), King have done exactly what their are now trying to prevent others from doing, by using the word "Pac" in their title.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

Let's not forget here that these are the same guys, here or elsewhere, which spend their time worrying about piracy. It's one thing to steal someone and think you can get away with it because you have the financial resources to defend yourself, it's another when you think someone steals you and doesn't have the resources to defend himself against your lawyers.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

this guys are a joke. trademarking "candy" and "saga" and besides all of their games are indeed clones

franzito
franzito

I deny I've played Candy Crush

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

The despots of skullduggery.

DJ_KooPee
DJ_KooPee

Aren't all their games just clones of other games?


Candy Crush = Bejeweled

Bubble Witch Saga = Puzzle Bobble

Etc, etc...

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

Except it was stolen - the studio they contracted to do so admitted it.

Also these baffoons are trying to trademark "Candy".

So, yeah.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I suspect that King's dudes are afraid that Namco Bandai would sue, now that their game has become a bit too high-profile.

drswank
drswank

@spikepigeoALL mobile developers are scumbags. Churning games out with micro transactions, grind timers, and "pay to win" mentalities. Once good game is cloned a million times over. Not like "match 3" puzzle games were invented with Candy Crush.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@sirapathetic01Bejeweled and Columns have nothing to do with each other, which you'd know if you played either game.  Christ, get your facts straight before you go on a rant.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@sirapathetic01 What?  Bejeweled is nothing like Columns, other than they're puzzle games that have gems in them.   Bejeweled is a swap/match game, whereas Columns is a falling blocks matching game.


Have you ever played them, or just judging based on screenshots?