The mobile gaming phenomenon "Candy Crush Saga" is a huge cash cow for developer King - it was pulling in $633,000-a-day for the company as of last summer.
But now an open letter from the creator of a nearly-identical game called "Candy Swipe," which predated Candy Crush Saga by two years, might be adding to user backlash the game has been experiencing because of King's decision to trademark the word "candy."
The letter was written by game developer Albert Ransom and is addressed to "King.com who wants to cancel the registration of the Candy Swipe trademark."
In it, he says that he created the game to honor the memory of his mother, who died from leukemia, and congratulates King on taking food from his family.
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..." ... 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...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.
However, some observers have noted that while it's fairly undeniable that King copied Ransom's game, they're all just blatant ripoffs of Bejewled anyway.