There are two types of people in this world, those who Candy Crush and those who don't. For those who do, it's a thrilling, challenging and strategic minefield, and only gets better the more Facebook friends sign up and boost your game. For those who don't, you get 20,000 invitations per day from folks you went to high school with and haven't spoken to in the last decade. Not only is it a little annoying, you don't even really know what Candy Crush is.
Sound familiar? Then you'll be happy to hear that this crowd dividing dilemma is finally being addressed. In a recent Q&A session held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook is now updating the way game invitations will work in the future.
During the panel, the moderator told Zuckerberg that a question regarding the Candy Crush saga was one of the most up-voted in the entire Q&A, not only indicating its importance but also its urgency.
“So this is a question which lots and lots of people want answers to. It’s one of the top voted questions on the thread. And I think it’s a serious one, deserving a serious answer. And that is ‘I seriously don’t want to get any more invitations on Candy Crush, how do I stop getting it?’”
It's a pretty critical question for all those who don't spend their Facebook life playing Candy Crush (myself included, sorry guys). Receiving invitations when you've barely even ventured into the FB gaming world just feels like you're getting spammed to death by virtual acquaintances. On the flip-side though, if the involvement of your online friendship circle increases your chances of breaking a top score, I can understand the need and drive to promote activity. It really is quite the predicament.
Thankfully, Zuckerberg was prepared for this answer and his development team is working on a solution to ease all our problems.
“I saw this question and that it was the top voted question on my thread so I sent a message to the person who runs the team in charge of our developer platform and I said that by the time I do this town hall Q&A, I think it would be good if we had a solution to this problem. So we do!
“So she e-mailed me later that night and was like ‘alright look, there are some tools that are kind of outdated that allow people to send invitations to people who have never used a game and have gotten a lot of invitations in the past, but don’t play games on Facebook. And we hadn’t prioritized shutting that down because we just had other priorities. But if this is the top thing that people care about, then we’ll prioritize that and we’ll do it.’ So we’re doing it!”
It's not yet confirmed when the changes will be made, but confirmation they're finally addressing the issue is certainly a game-changer. Thanks Zuckerberg!