"As a player, I am excited to step into the real-life 'Candy Crush' Arena"
Mario Lopez, television host and Saved by the Bell's AC Slater, will head up the game show adaptation of addictive mobile game Candy Crush Saga. The show is set to air on CBS on July 9.
Candy Crush Saga is all about matching sweet treats without losing your mind, Candy Crush the game show will feature similar mechanics with giant interactive boards. "Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host Candy Crush. As a big fan of the game and a competitor by nature, his larger-than-life enthusiasm matches the size and scope of our show,” executive producer Matt Kunitz told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lopez himself announced the news on the Candy Crush Facebook page.
Candy Crush Saga was originally released as a browser game by developer King (now owned by Call of Duty publisher Activision) way back in April 2012 before later being ported to iOS and Android later that year where it became an international addiction. Candy Crush Saga and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the US. According to King, on average, 18 billion game rounds of Candy Crush Saga are played every month around the world.