Candy Crush Friends Saga to shut down in China in May 2022

The game’s agency contract has expired!

Candy Crush Friends Saga, a popular game in the insanely big Candy Crush series, will, unfortunately, be shut down in China (where it is called “Candy Bliss“), with no return in sight. The game’s publishing contract has expired, and due to this, the game will be taken down in mid-May of 2022.

Due to the expiration of the agency contract, “Candy Bliss” is about to cease operations. Thank you for your continued support. Because of your company, this game is full of vitality and joy.

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The official announcement confirmed that the game’s server would go offline along with its website on the 18th of May at 10 AM (CST). Next, the game’s download links, registration, and IAPs will go down 24 hours later. There’ll be Welfare Activities where the piggy bank will be changed to free open mode and daily login rewards.

Players can contact customer support for refunds on unused game items

Refunds will be issued for anyone with unused gold bars recharged through official channels between the 18th and 19th of May, 2022. Players can contact customer support through the game or the WeChat Public Account to get refunds. Players can go through the statement for more information on the refund process.

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This isn’t the first time a game has been pulled off shelves this way, and the Candy Crush Saga suffered a similar fate in China back in 2020. The Chinese government’s strong grip on the video game industry and the control over publication rights is likely a cause for this. It could also be possible that the game wasn’t delivering as well as expected, but the games in the Candy Crush franchise are generally pretty successful.

What are your thoughts about Candy Crush Friends’ shut down in China? Let us know in the comments!

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