King – King.com Limited, doing business as King and also known as King Digital Entertainment, is a video game developer based in St. Julian’s, Malta, that specialises in the creation of social games. King gained fame after releasing the cross-platform title Candy Crush Saga in 2012, considered one of the most financially successful games utilising the freemium model. King was acquired by Activision Blizzard in February 2016 for US$5.9 billion, and operates as its own entity within that company. King is led by Riccardo Zacconi, who has served in the role of chief executive officer since co-founding the company in 2003. Gerhard Florin took over Melvyn Morris’s role as chairman in November 2014. As of 2017, King employs 2,000 people.