The company attributes the success to the October 31, 2018 launch of Candy Crush Friends Saga. The addition of the new entry in the free-to-play puzzle series gave the franchise a boost over the last year, helping it grow year-over-year.
The original Candy Crush Saga launched in 2012 and remains a mobile smash hit. Activision Blizzard bought Candy Crush developer King in 2016 for $5.9 billion.
Candy Crush Saga has three sequels: Soda Saga, Jelly Saga, and Friends Saga. Together, the franchise had 247 million MAUs (monthly active users) in Activsion Blizzard’ third quarter.