'Candy Crush' Maker Wins Ban on Copycat Games

September 17, 2014

​Jennifer Lloyd Kelly, Fenwick & West litigation partner and leader of the gaming and digital media industry team, was quoted by Law360 on the settlement that she and litigation partner Laurence Pulgram achieved for their client Ltd., creator of the very popular “Candy Crush Saga” and other games available on Facebook.

King settled its lawsuit against Hong Kong-based 6waves when the latter agreed to stop selling and advertising its “Treasure Epic” and “Farm Epic” games, which King said were knockoffs of its “Pet Rescue Saga” and “Farm Heroes Saga” games.

6waves also agreed to pay King an undisclosed sum including King’s attorney fees and 6waves’ revenues from its infringing games.

“We are very pleased with the resolution of this matter on behalf of King and look forward to continuing to vigorously defend the company’s intellectual property behind the popular games that engage users around the world,” Kelly told Law360.

According to the suit Fenwick filed last year in the Northern California District Court, Ltd. v. 6 Waves LLC, the elements that 6waves copied from King’s "Saga" games included the level design, reward systems, art style and game play.

“This was a case where another company sought to take advantage of the hard work and creativity of two of our games teams,” said King's chief legal officer, Robert Miller. “In such circumstances, we will always look to vigorously enforce our rights.”

The full article is available through the Law360 website (subscription required).