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Sugary Statistics: What We Have Learned About 'Candy Crush' Content After 10 Years and Over 15,000 Levels

Jan Wedekind  (Head of Central Insights, King)

Xavier Guardiola  (Senior Director of Data Science, King)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Jan Wedekind, the Head of Central Insights, introduces what King has learned about content in Candy Crush after 10 years+ and shipping over 15,000 levels. Xavier Guardiola, King's Director of Data Science, introduces how a genre-agnostic model based in theoretical physics has helped King to characterize "true" engagement for all those levels and optimize the player progression experience. They also show the importance of considering the whole game progression when tweaking or fixing any individual level. Finally, the presentation shows how the physics of Data Scientists and the magic of Level Designers work hand-in-hand together to improve the game.


Attendees will learn about a better way to understand player engagement and difficulty in games with a long progression that can be divided into levels of any kind and how King applies this knowledge to improve Candy Crush Saga. Attendees can also see how seemingly unrelated fields of science (e.g. physics) can uncover tremendous value when applied with fresh eyes to the "magic" of games.

Intended Audience

Level designers, Game Designers, Data scientists

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