Just when you think that Facebook notification could be the man or woman of your dreams replying to one of your wall posts, it ends up being a Candy Crush invitation from that annoying guy in the office.
While millions may be addicted to the game, it is a nuisance for an equal amount of people, but no person has more reason to hate the creators than Albert Ransom – the sole developer of CandySwipe.
You see, his game popped up on the Android market two years before the developers of Candy Crush, King.com, put their wretched creation on any app store.
Now they want to wipe Ransom’s Candy Swipe off the face of the gaming world.
“Two years after I released Candy Swipe, you released Candy Crush Saga on mobile; the app icon, candy pieces, and even the rewarding, "Sweet!" are nearly identical,” he writes in an open letter to King.com.
“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,” Ransom further states. He uses the money from game sales on the Android Play Store to support his own life and those of his wife and two children.
The app developer created CandySwipe in memory of his mother who lost her battle to leukemia at the age of 62.
“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.”
Just because Candy Crush is more successful does not mean its creators have the right to destroy the livelihood of a man, who for all intents and purposes, reached the market before them.
“I hope you're happy taking the food out of my family's mouth when CandySwipe clearly existed well before Candy Crush Saga,” the letter further reads.
So the next time you play Candy Crush, think of Ransom and his family. At least that way you might start playing the game less and stop annoying all your friends with the barrage of notifications.