Posted by: David Kiley on July 29, 2008
I had a pause in my work-day, about ten minutes. So, I thought I would go make a move on one of my six running Scrabulous games on www.facebook.com.
Horrors! Sniff. I was greeted with: “Scrabulous is disabled for U.S. and Canadian users until further notice. If you would like to stay informed about developments in this matter, please click here.”
Hasbro, which owns Scrabble, started its own Scrabble application on Facebook, and sued Scrabulous’s India-based creators, Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla. Scrabulous had become Facebook’s number-one game.
I suppose it was only a matter of time. It was an obvious rip off of Scrabble. The Agarwallas were bound to find themselves in a legal corner they couldn’t wriggle away from. Meantime, they made buckets of money.
These games are a funny thing. I had regular games with friends, a few of whom I have not had a phone conversation with in months, and in one case…years. We traded lines of communication in the message box within each Scrabulous game.
I’ll check out Hasbro’s application. There is a bright side. My won-loss record was so awful that I’m happy to have a clean slate to take on my nemesis in the new game. Are you listening Sharon?