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Can I use a match-3 mechanic in my commercial game without being sued by some company holding the patent? I will add some extra features to the mechanic.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ There are a ton of match 3 games and I'm guessing they aren't all made by the same company... So yes... Yes you can. \$\endgroup\$ – Savlon Mar 2 '14 at 10:08
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Our Ask Patents sister site have a more general question: Can game mechanics be patented? It seems most mechanics are patentable, but only very specifically. (This may be different for your country.)

I'm no lawyer, but based on those answers, I believe you'll be fine, provided your "some extra features" are significant enough extensions to make your game distinctly differ from the patent.

With English search terms, I found this US patent titled Match three gaming system and method through Google Patent Search. The idea seems unpatented in the UK. (You should check your own country's patent registry of course.)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your great comment ) There's more than enough information for me. \$\endgroup\$ – Lander Mar 2 '14 at 20:02

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