TIME Television

Candy Crush Is Going to Be an Actual Show on Television

Activision Blizzard Acquires Candy Crush Saga Maker King Digital Entertainment For $5.9 Billion
Joe Raedle—Getty Images In this photo illustration, a Candy Crush game is seen on an iPad on November 3, 2015 in Miami, Florida. It was announced today that game maker Activision Blizzard has paid $5.9 billion to purchase King, the parent company of games like Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga.

Thanks to CBS

Your former mobile phone addiction is becoming a large-scale live-action CBS game show. The broadcaster has greenlit an upcoming series based on Candy Crush from Lionsgate and mobile gaming company King.

“We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”

The show will be produced by Matt Kunitz, who previously made large-scale obstacle shows like ABC’s Wipeout and NBC’s Fear Factor.

“The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it,” Kunitz said. “As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.”’

Candy Crush was launched in 2012 and became a pop culture sensation, recently reaching 1 trillion games played. It’s still played heavily – last month saw 18 billion game rounds played around the world, according to King.

Added King’s Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson: “The Candy Crush franchise has been loved by players around the world on mobile so it’s very exciting to be working with Matt and the team to bring the fun and challenge of the Candy Crushgames to television. We hope our players will be entertained by what is set to be a high-energy, challenging game show.”

There are no photos or air date yet for the series.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team