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Candy Crush Saga–where free does mean free
Candy Crush Saga is one of the most successful free-to-play games on the market at the moment. We hear different numbers for how much money it is making, but a run-rate of over $200 million a year looks reasonable.
But is it truly free? To many people, Candy Crash Saga is one of those evil freemium games where the difficulty level ratchets in ways carefully calculated to separate you from your money.
That may be true, but it is not the case that the most successful players have all spent lots of money. At the Games Monetisation Europe Conference earlier this year, Tommy Palm of King stated that 70% of players who had finished Candy Crush Saga had never spent a cent with King.
Seventy per cent. When I ask delegates to my masterclasses what percentage of people had finished Candy Crush Saga – over 300 levels – without paying a cent, most of them say none. Yet the actual answer is significantly more than half.
And it means that you *can* finish Candy Crush, over 350 levels of it, without spending a cent. Which I was not sure that I would have guessed before Tommy confirmed it.