Banner Saga's title is under legal dispute

By Tam Mageean
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One of the latest rpg indie successes, Banner Saga has undergone a legal assault from Candy Crush Saga's owner, King, due to "deceptive" similarities in its title. King suggests that Banner Saga may be sailing on the coat tails of their own Saga-titled games.

King has issued a Notice of Opposition at the US patent and Trademark office, drawing attention to the similarities between the Banner Saga and Candy Crush Saga names.

In a discussion with IGN UK, King have defended their decision to accuse Banner Saga of trademark infringement, by stating that they aren't targeting independent rpg games developer, Stoic, but are infact using Stoic as an example, to protect themselves against future copycat developers.

King told IGN UK, "If we had not opposed Banner Saga’s trade mark application, it would be much easier for real copy cats to argue that their use of ‘Saga’ was legitimate."

King have developed many games with "Saga" in the title, although none of them, functionally, hold and similarities with Stoic's Viking themed, hand-drawn, rpg masterpiece, and are predominantly much simpler, mobile based puzzle games for the casual market.

Their recent trademark application for use of the word "Candy" in gaming also provoked backlash from developers all over the internet and King are quickly alienating themselves in the industry. Let's hope, for the sake of the award winning Indie developer, Stoic, that their lovingly-crafted game remains unaffected by the dispute.



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