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Candy Crush dev King looking to bolster workforce by 25 percent

Candy Crush Saga creator King is looking to expand its workforce by 25 percent, listing 165 job openings on its website for its studios across the world.

The postings follow King's first week as a publicly traded stock company. According to The Wall Street Journal, shares went up Wednesday at $22.50 but fell 20 percent to $18.08 by Friday evening.

King's open positions include a wide range spanning game development, design and engineering as well as marketing and sales. The company is looking for more than a dozen human resources personnel for its London and Stockholm studios and a swath of development and marketing positions for its Berlin, Malmo, Malta, Romania, San Francisco and Seoul locations.

Last week, King chief executive Riccardo Zacconi expressed the company needed more time to launch mobile titles, having only released three in the past year. The company wants to build on the success created by mobile puzzle title Candy Crush Saga, developing more games to keep King at the top of the charts.

Earlier this year King attempted to trademark use of the word "candy" in North America and Europe. The mark was quickly disputed in North America and the company canceled the application, noting it was only seeking to protect itself from other studios looking to clone the wildly-popular Candy Crush. Last week, Cut the Rope developer ZeptoLab challenged King's trademark in Europe, stating it is harmful to other developers with candy elements in their games.

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