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Candy Crush maker King settles trademark disputes with The Banner Saga developer

Social and mobile game developer King has settled its trademark disputes with The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, according to statements both developers recently released. "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," the developer wrote on its website. CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom, who has previously accused King of being overly litigious with its candy-related trademark filings, posted a similar note to his website yesterday. "I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they...

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Papers, Please wins big at the 16th annual Independent Games Festival awards

Papers, Please, a game that has players taking on the role of an immigration inspector in the Kafkaesque communist state of Arstotzka, took home nearly half of the Independent Games Festival Awards at tonight's show. The Windows and Mac game, developed by Lucas Pope, won the awards for excellence in design, excellence in narrative and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. After winning the final award of the night for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival Awards, held during the Game Developers Conference, Pope thanked his family and admired the prize. "You're looking at the peak of my career," he said. The full categories and rest of the winners are listed below. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Papers, Please DEVICE 6 Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady...

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Two GOG sales cut prices on Fez, The Banner Saga, Spelunky, more

GOG.com is offering two concurrent promotions with deep discounts on a variety of games from major publishers and indies such as Fez, Alan Wake and Spelunky, the digital distribution platform announced today. To mark St. Patrick's Day, the "Luck of the Irish" sale allows customers to put together their own five-game bundles from a selection of 25 titles that are discounted by as much as 90 percent. Any or all of the five choices in the bundle can be a "Pot of Gold," in which GOG will randomly select a game that isn't listed among the 25 options. The deals on that list include Mossmouth's Spelunky for $3 (regularly $14.99), Facepalm Games' The Swapper for $3 (reg. $14.99), Polytron's Fez for $2 (reg. $9.99) and Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake for $3 (reg. $29.99). At the same time,...

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Versus Evil seeking new indie partners following The Banner Saga

A new publishing company focused on indies launched today, with ambitions to work with promising new developers. Austin, Tex.-based Versus Evil has already released one game, Stoic's highly rated RPG The Banner Saga. According to an official company launch statement today, the new outfit has signed "a handful of other as yet unannounced game releases" and is planning new signings in the weeks ahead. "Our mission is to make development teams independently successful by offering them our expertise in marketing, social media, community management, advertising, business development and distribution," said Versus Evil general manager, Steve Escalante, whose previous roles included a stint at Bethesda. "We are not in this business to takeover a game's creative direction or vision," he...

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IGDA says King's 'predatory efforts' oppose industry's values

The International Game Developers Association believes that social games developer King's "overreaching" candy trademark application and "predatory efforts" to enforce it oppose the values of the game development community. "While we understand and respect the appropriate exercise of Trademark rights, King's overreaching filing in its application for the Trademark for its game 'Candy Crush Saga,'" a statement on the organization's website reads, "and its predatory efforts to apply that mark to each separate word contained in that name, are in opposition to the values of openness and cooperation we support industry wide, and directly contradict the statement King's CEO, Riccardo Zacconi, made on 27 January." King acquired the trademark for "candy" in the European Union with a p...

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Austin Wintory wants supporters, not just fans

Talking at DICE in Las Vegas yesterday, the musician and scorer of Journey, Monaco and The Banner Saga said, "I don't like the idea of the word 'fan'. If people are fans of a piece of music that is great." But he said he did not want people to buy his music "just because it has a name on it, which is meaningless." Wintory was celebrating the digital culture that allows composers to create and share music in ways that were impossible even a few years ago. He said that the days when composing music was restricted to a highly educated elite are over. He shared an anecdote about the commercial release of the official soundtrack to Journey, and how he had encouraged people to post the whole album on YouTube. For most copyright holders, this would have been anathema, an invitation to lose...

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King CEO: 'We should never have published Pac-Avoid'

After a week of receiving scorn for attempting to trademark "candy" and for allegedly cloning another developer's game, King CEO Riccardo Zacconi defended his company's actions while acknowledging its missteps in an open letter posted to the company's website today. King, the London-based studio behind Candy Crush Saga and a litany of other Saga titles, acquired the trademark for "candy" in the European Union and has a pending application for a similar trademark in the U.S. In addition, the company filed an opposition to indie studio Stoic's attempt to trademark the title of its Kickstarter-funded game, The Banner Saga. And last week, an indie developer accused King of copying his Flash game, Scamperghost, with the game Pac-Avoid. King has since taken down Pac-Avoid. In his letter...

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Friends List: Can you trademark Candy?

Today on Friends List, Features Editor Russ Pitts asks Senior Reporter Tracey Lien if you can trademark Candy. The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What does the FTC think about YouTube promotion? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.

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Stoic: Candy Crush creator is hindering Banner Saga sequel

The ongoing trademark dispute over the use of the word 'saga' by developers King and Stoic could hinder the development and naming of Stoic's sequel to The Banner Saga, developers at the studio told Polygon. Speaking to Polygon, Stoic's Alex Thomas said the studio has plans to make a sequel to The Banner Saga, and that it filed for a trademark for the game's title before King filed its own trademark for the word 'saga'. "They've blocked our trademark and extended the deadline for the opposition twice so that we are unable to have the rights to the name," Thomas said. "Essentially, we are not allowed to own the name 'The Banner Saga' for our game about a viking epic, because King.com says they have claimed rights to the noun 'saga,' which means 'a viking epic,' forever more in the realm...

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King: We're not trying to stop Banner Saga from using its name

Social game developer King recently responded to concerns over a trademark dispute with developer Stoic over the use of the word 'saga' in the game title The Banner Saga, saying that it is not trying to stop Stoic from using the word. King currently holds the trademark for the word saga in the field of software and video games. The company filed an opposition against Stoic in December of 2013 over the mark The Banner Saga. However, a spokesperson for the company recently issued a statement to Polygon explaining the move was not to stop Stoic from using the word. "King has not and is not trying to stop Banner Saga from using its name. We do not have any concerns that Banner Saga is trying [to] build on our brand of our content. However, like any prudent company, we need to take all...

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    • Released 2014-01-14
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