That's a SWEET place to work! Inside Candy Crush's INCREDIBLE offices – where employees can relax in circus-style chairs, battle at an all-female foosball table, or take a load off in the video game room
- The video game company King has offices in Stockholm, Sweden
- Designed by Adolfsson & Partners, the thinking for the aesthetic is 'seriously playful'
- The dining area has a circus theme, with carousel-like dining tables and game characters all over the walls
- Offices and conference rooms are named after places in the games like Sandy Dunes, Wild Jungle, Magic Forest, Green Hills, Treasure Island, Countryside, and Deep Sea
- There are also rooms with boardgames and cards, ping-pong tables, a foosball table, arcade games, and video games on large screens
By Carly Stern For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:49 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 22:22 EDT, 11 October 2018
Working for a gaming company is just as cool as you might imagine. But for the people who work at King, the makers of Candy Crush? It's sweet.
The top brass at King, which launched the incredibly popular smartphone game Candy Crush Saga in 2012, believe that if you want employees to work well and create successful games, they need to work in a great environment.
So in 2015, the company unveiled a new set of offices in Stockholm, Sweden, which are outfitted with circus-themed swing chairs, hammocks, and whole rooms full of games to play.
Sweet! FEMAIL took a look inside the King offices in Stockholm, Sweden, where the popular game Candy Crush is made
Big top! The dining area just through the entrance has a fun circus theme, withdining tables that look like little carousels
Divine! Conference rooms and meeting areas all have a playful design, and the characters from the games are ever-present
Put some pep in your step! The actual office spaces where people work at desks are a bit more subdued, but they are still certainly bright, colorful, and upbeat
Diving right in! The dividers look like ocean waves, trees, and bushes, giving the space a whimsical feel straight out of the Candy Crush Saga apps
Tasty! King hired the design group Adolfsson & Partners to transform the offices, which are located in Stockholm's Norrmalm neighborhood
Sugar Crush! Sebastian Knutsson, King's Chief Creative Officer, told DailyMail.com that the thinking for the space was 'seriously playful'
King hired the design group Adolfsson & Partners to transform the offices, which are located in Stockholm's Norrmalm neighborhood.
Immediately upon walking in, it's apparent something fun is going on. The waiting room area has a large screen playing Candy Crush content, and tablets with the game are embedded in the tables, so visitors can play while they wait.
'Our internal thinking is "seriously playful,"' Sebastian Knutsson, King's Chief Creative Officer, told DailyMail.com. 'It's having a place where it's great to work and where we work in a very team-focused, collaborative environment.'
Once inside the doors, it's a playful paradise. The hallway is lined with swing chairs, where employees and guests can sit and talk or work.
The walls are decorated with, naturally, Candy Crush characters, whose smiling faces challenge anyone to be in a sour mood.
Juicy! A casual seating area has neon picnic chairs and tables which hang on the walls when not being used
Truly a gamer's paradise! There is also an entire room dedicated to video games, where employees come to take a break and play games like Mario Kart
Need to rest your eyes? Designers or programmers who need a break can come hang out on these giant hammocks
A tech company staple! Of course, there are also ping pong tables for letting loose
Break time! The office has a lounge area with shelves full of board games, card games, and role-playing games, and there's also a special foosball table outfitted with female players of different races
Fun with friends: In the dining area, there's a stage with a podium — and cardboard cutouts of characters
Weeee! Along one hallway are swing chairs that really drive home the office's super-playful vibe
Classic: There is also a small arcade room for classic gamers
The entire dining area looks like it belongs in a circus, with stripped marquee tops, carousel-like dining tables, and bold primary colors. There's also a stage — presumably for company meetings and announcements — where life-size characters hang out.
The kitchen sticks to the circus theme, but on the opposite wall is a section called 'Pavilion Park,' where rows of plants line the walls.
Throughout the hallways is more Candy Crush art, as well as display cases housing fun branded items the company has collaborated on over the years, including clothes, games, and candy.
Then, there's the literal 'play' element of the place: The office is jam-packed with games, which employees are encouraged to play.
'We know that to make a great game, you need to have a team that plays well together,' Knutsson explained. 'So it's often about getting people to work well together and interact.'
Freedom! There are a lot of different areas to sit around the office, as employees aren't tied to their desks
A little greenery! An area called 'Pavilion Park' features potted plants along the wall
Mood booster: Indoor plants are scientifically proven to improve air quality and make people feel calmer
Attitude: 'I think with any office we set up, it should be an attractive place to work because it’s all about getting great people to join the teams,' Knutsson said
Theme: The characters from the games pop up all over the office in artwork and murals
Place to chill: Employees can sit on cushy chairs in this 'submarine' set in the wall
Shhh! There's also a library, where employees can go for a bit of peace and quite. It is stocked with several books on the shelves
Cute: It also had a fake fireplace, with portraits of some of the characters hanging above the mantel
Fantastic! There are several kitchens throughout the office and all play into the circus theme
King's launches Candy Crush Friends Saga
On October 11, King debuted the fourth game in the Candy Crush franchise: Candy Crush Friends Saga.
Delicious! King debuted the fourth game in the Candy Crush franchise, Candy Crush Friends Saga, on October 11
Years in the making, the latest edition comes after the original Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and Candy Crush Jelly Saga.
In this new 3D world — which is available for download starting today, with 380 levels so far — Candy Crush characters play a bigger role, with backstories, personalities, and even some signature dance moves.
Players can customize the characters with different outfits, and Tiffi, Mr. Toffee, and the gang also switch up the game, offering up their special powers by tossing boosters onto the board.
There are new challenges, too, included animals hidden under tiles that have to be freed, jam that spreads across the board, and cookies that need to be moved across tiles to be dunked inc chocolate.
'We're still so surprised and humbled by the success of the Candy Crush franchise,' said Sebastian Knutsson, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at King. 'With each iteration, our teams work hard to innovate so that we can offer players a fresh new gaming experience.
'With Candy Crush Friends Saga, we wanted to immerse players in the game like never before and we feel that bringing the characters and their world to life in 3D will do just that.'
Though the team is based in Sweden, it’s made up of people with 19 different nationalities, and execs want everyone to get along well.
'It's about getting people to interact outside of work, work, work, because I think it forms better bonds and makes people more trusting,' Knutsson added.
In one sitting area, there are shelves stocked with dozens of games, from Jenga, Legos, and cards to Monopoly and Catan.
Upstairs, a common area has large hammocks for lounging, ping pong tables, and a bright pink foosball table. The foosball table was an extra special find: All of the players are female and of different races.
There's a video game room where employees take breaks to sit in chairs and play games like Mario Kart. There's an arcade room, too, with light-up pinball machines.
The company also has a craft room, where employees can go to just unwind — though sometimes, they're summoned there for some fun and crafty team-building exercises.
Unwinding is clearly important. While there are places to play, there is also a library, where designers, programmers, and sound engineers can go for some peace and quiet — even if the décor is a bit loud, with decals of more Candy Crush characters on the walls, colorful chairs, and a fake fireplace.
In the work spaces, the décor is a bit more subdued, but it still fits the playful theme, and dividers are designed to look like trees and waves to fit right into the Candy Crush world.
Each room is even named after a place in the games, including Sandy Dunes, Wild Jungle, Magic Forest, Green Hills, Treasure Island, Countryside, and Deep Sea.
'I think with any office we set up, it should be an attractive place to work because it’s all about getting great people to join the teams,' Knutsson said.
The tactic seems to have worked. King first released Candy Crush Saga on Facebook in April of 2012, and within a year of its launch, it had reached 500 million phone downloads.
Currently, games within the franchise (which include Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga) have been downloaded a grand total of 2.73 billion times. It has 70 million Facebook fans, and has been downloaded on all seven continents.
And the app's not just sitting unused on people's phone's, either: 1.1 trillion rounds of the game have been played around the world to date.