Candy crushed: King.com IPO posts disappointing numbers

More like Serf.com, right?

King.com, the developer behind the bafflingly popular match-three puzzler Candy Crush Saga, went public on the stock exchange yesterday, and it did not perform as well as the casual game behemoth had hoped. Starting at $22.50 per share, it dropped 15.56% to $19.00 by the end of the day yesterday.

The poor start could be attributed to the volatility of the casual game market, where success and failure is often due to luck more than anything else. While this news certainly hurts King.com, I know you all are experiencing a bit of schadenfreude, especially considering the recent shenanigans with attempting to trademark the word “candy.”

Sour Candy: Weak King.Com IPO Robs Chairman And CEO Of Billionaire Status [Forbes]
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Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.