The Video Game Hall of Fame: Does Candy Crush Deserve a Nomination?

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, announced the 2022 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame last month.

Alongside games such as Assassin’s Creed, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Sid Meier’s Civilization, the 12 finalists included the Candy Crush Saga by King.

Hard core gamers – fans of console-based proprietary systems and PC gaming – have turned up their noses at app and mobile-based gaming, even though “casual gaming” is the fastest growing, and most widely accessible gaming niches.

Does Candy Crush deserve a spot on the finalist list?

Candy Crush is regarded as one of the first and most successful freemium model games, a pricing model where the main game is free to play; however, players must pay for additional features.

According to BusinessofApps, Candy Crush generated $1.19 billion in 2020, and it’s currently the seventh highest-grossing mobile game worldwide, according to SensorTower.

Although PC and console elitism sweeps the video game world, Candy Crush is one of the highest performing games in mobile application history.

Even after nine years since the game’s initial release, it still regularly cracks the “10 Most Downloaded Games” list worldwide compiled by Apptopia annually.

Fun Facts: The Candy Crush Saga currently has 11,375 levels within 756 episodes, and in 2020 it reported that 273 million players were “swiping away the stress.”

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